According to the eyewitnesses, sporadic gunfire and loud explosions were being heard consistently from inside the hotel as the terrorists have reportedly hurled bombs inside the hotel premises.
New Delhi: At least 12 people were killed while several others were injured in a Mumbai-like terrorist attack in Somalia’s Capital, Mogadishu on Friday. According to the reports, the attackers from the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group stormed into Hayat hotel located in the capital city during the evening hours, opened firing at those who were present at the hotel and trapped many of them inside.
According to the eyewitnesses, sporadic gunfire and loud explosions were being heard consistently from inside the hotel as the terrorists have reportedly hurled bombs inside the hotel premises. The terrorists have so far killed one dozen people and wounded many other in the hotel siege. A large portion of hotel has reportedly been damaged in bombing and firing by the terrorists.
As per the reports, the attackers stormed Hayat hotel with two car bombs, entered the premises while firing on the staff on duty. They took control over the hotel in a short span, started firing and bombing on guests inside. The authorities have reportedly confirmed killings of several people mainly civilians.
The reason behind targeting Hayat hotel is that the facility is famous among lawmakers and and other government officials. Meanwhile, there is no any report whether any government official, political leader and lawmaker is trapped inside.
It may be noted that the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group have been trying to topple the Somalia government and the fight is going on for the last 10 years. The terrorist group has been trying to establish its own regime in the country which is based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law.