Somalia Al-Shabaab Attack: At Least 15 Killed

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Mogadishu: Somali security forces confirmed at least 15 dead in an Islamic extremist attack on a hotel in the capital on Friday. The death toll is likely to rise. The assault on the Hotel triggered a fierce gunfight between security forces and gunmen from the jihadist group.

MOGADISHU AUGUST 20: Somali security forces confirmed at least 15 dead in an Islamic extremist attack on a hotel in the capital on Friday. The death toll is likely to rise. According to officials, the gunmen detonated explosives outside the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu before entering and opening fire on civilians.

The assault on the Hayat Hotel triggered a fierce gunfight between security forces and gunmen from the jihadist group. They were reported to be holed up on the top floor of the Hotel Hayat, hours after the attack began.

The Hayat is described as a popular location for employees of the federal government to meet.

Al-Shabaab is a Somalia-based terrorist group active in East Africa. The group describes itself as waging jihad against “enemies of Islam” and is engaged in combat against the Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was a regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations Security Council.

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