Somalia: 13 Persons Killed In Hotel Attack

At least 13 killed as Somali forces ended a siege at Mogadishu hotel after a 30-hours gunfight with al-Shabab fighters.

Somalia: 13 Persons Killed In Hotel Attack
A view of a destroyed section of Hotel Hayat, the scene of the al-Shabab attack in Mogadishu. Forced to retreat from Mogadishu in 2011, al-Shabab is slowly making a comeback from the rural areas to which it fled, defying the presence of African Union peacekeepers and US drone raids targeting its fighters.



The siege of a hotel in Somali capital, Mogadishu, has ended after security forces stormed the building, killing the gunmen in an hours-long gun battle, according to military officials. The fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab armed group on Friday entered the Hayat hotel also frequented by government officials after triggering


explosions and gunfire. Security forces say they are also clearing explosives planted by fighters in the building. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest of its frequent attempts to strike places also visited by the government officials. The attack on the hotel is the first major incident in Mogadishu since Somalia’s new leader,



Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, took office in May. Mohamed Abdirahman, director of Mogadishu’s Madina Hospital, said that 40 people were admitted there with wounds or injuries from the attack. While nine were sent home after getting treatment, five are also in critical condition in the intensive care unit, he said.



Soldiers patrol outside the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia



Somali security officers drive past a section of Hotel Hayat.



Somali forces have ended the siege of the hotel after 30 hours, with security forces clearing explosives planted by fighters in the building.



Somali security officials gather at the cordoned-off scene of the attack at the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu.



Soldiers patrols outside the Hayat Hotel



An hours-long exchange of fire with security forces left at least 13 civilians dead. The al-Shabab group has seized even more territory in recent years, taking advantage of rifts among Somali security personnel as well as disagreements between the government seat in Mogadishu and regional states



Somali security officials inspect the scene of the attack at the Hayat Hotel.



An ambulance near the site of the attack in Mogadishu.