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Three soldiers die in hotel attack in Somali capital

Friday March 15, 2024

Security services were earlier seen surrounding Syl Hotel, frequented by government officials and lawmakers

An armoured personnel carrier (APC) drives in a street near a hotel in Mogadishu on March 15, 2024. —AFP

MOGADISHU: Three soldiers were killed and 27 people wounded in an attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital, police said on Friday, the latest incident highlighting al Shabaab insurgents’ ability to strike.

Security services were earlier seen surrounding the Syl Hotel, usually frequented by government officials and lawmakers, following the late Thursday attack claimed by the al Qaeda-allied militants.

“Three soldiers died. Eighteen civilians and nine soldiers were injured in the hotel attack, Kasim Ahmed Roble, police spokesperson, told a news conference. “All the five terrorists were shot dead and their bodies displayed.”

Al Shabaab has been waging a brutal insurgency against Somalia’s federal government since 2006 to try to establish its own rule based on its interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. In Thursday’s attack, residents heard a blast followed by gunfire as the attackers entered the hotel, they told Reuters.


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