Somali security forces kill five al Shaabab fighters to end hotel siege

Somali security forces kill five al Shaabab fighters to end hotel siege
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  • calendar-gray 11 December 2019

Somali security forces shot dead five Al Shabaab gunmen, who had killed three civilians and two soldiers during an attack on a hotel near the presidential residence in Mogadishu on Tuesday night, police said early on Wednesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

The latest attack started at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday and ended at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, when all five attackers had been killed, deputy police commissioner General Zakia Hussen said in a statement on Twitter.

“The security forces ended the operation. Five people including three civilians and two soldiers died in the attack,” Hussen said.

“Eleven others were slightly injured, including nine civilians and two soldiers,” she added.

 

Hussen had said on Tuesday night that 82 people, including several officials, had been rescued from the Syl hotel.

Security officers had initially mistook the gunmen for the police, until they began shooting and throwing grenades, another police officer said on Tuesday.

 

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