By Steve Dellar  |  10-29-2017   News
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Islamic Extremists continue to wreck havoc in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu in their ongoing effort to regain control of the country.

Two weeks after a devastating bombing left more than 350 dead, now the terrorist group of Al-Shabaab attacked and bombed a popular hotel in the city.

Security forces ended a whole night-long siege at the Naso Hablod hotel where five extremist attackers had left 23 people dead and more than 30 injured.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Video shows fighting in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mogadishu?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mogadishu</a>’s deadly hotel siege in which 25 including two <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Somalia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Somalia</a> ministers were killed. <a href="https://t.co/p9lyFvEpam">pic.twitter.com/p9lyFvEpam</a></p>&mdash; Battles Studies (@BattlesStudies) <a href="https://twitter.com/BattlesStudies/status/924537809033203712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2017</a></blockquote>

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As first, a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives filled vehicle to deblock the entrance gate. Afterwards 5 heavily armed attackers stormed in and shot all guests they encountered. As always Al-Shabaab fighters disguised themselves by wearing military uniforms, leaving them the opportunity to shoot more people.

Somalian troops regained control of the building by early Sunday morning after a whole night of fighting, having killed three attackers and captured two alive.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Death toll rises after suicide attack in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mogadishu?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mogadishu</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Somalia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Somalia</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/i24NEWS_EN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@i24News_EN</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Somalia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Somalia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AlShabaab?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AlShabaab</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TerrorAttack?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TerrorAttack</a> <a href="https://t.co/kyKW0GBtL5">pic.twitter.com/kyKW0GBtL5</a></p>&mdash; Benita Levin (@benitalevin) <a href="https://twitter.com/benitalevin/status/924568238964355074?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2017</a></blockquote>

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In recent months US military officials have expressed concern that Somalia might be lost to Islamic extremists if the 22,000-strong multinational African Union force which is currently helping the Somalian government were to withdraw its forces and hand over the country’s security to the Somali military (which is foreseen to happen by the end of 2020).

The attack is significant as it comes only two weeks after a suicide truck bomb that killed at least 358 people, the largest attack in the country’s history, igniting nationwide outrage, and great concern for political onlookers everywhere.

Source:

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-29/somalia-police-end-night-long-siege-of-hotel-23-dead

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