At least nine people died after an attack in a Mogadishu hotel on Sunday afternoon .
The overnight operation has ended today morning with nine people including four attackers dead and over 10 civilians seriously injured.
A vehicle loaded with explosives crashed into the entrance gate of the Afrik hotel, near Mogadishu’s strategic K-4 junction with a number of gunmen then quickly invading the hotel, opening fire on staff and patrons inside.
According to reports, Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked the Hotel Afrik in Mogadishu on Sunday afternoon, and engaged in an hours-long siege before being dislodged by the Somali security forces.
Police rescued many people from the hotel, including its owner and an army general.
Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said in a statement that among those killed was a former military general, Mohamed Nur Galal.
“I condemn the barbaric attack. May Allah have mercy on all those who died. General Mohamed Nur Galal, will be remembered for his over 50 year role in defending the country,” he said.
President Mohamed Farmaajo has condemned the barbaric attack. Al-Shabab which frequently carries out bombings in its war on Somalia’s government has claimed responsibility at the Afrik Hotel attack.
The hotel is known to be a gathering place for Somali government officials.
In a Joint Press statement, The United Nations in Somalia have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Hotel Afrik which left many people dead or injured.
“We are appalled by this reprehensible and senseless attack on a venue frequented by innocent civilians, and condemn it in the strongest terms,” the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, said.