MOGADISHU: Gunfire This was heard Monday, February 13, 2010 inside A besieged Hotel in Somali capital was attacked by terrorists on Saturday, according to a local resident and a police officer. parliament It stated that it had delayed a scheduled session.
Near the presidential residence, the Villa Rose hotel was attacked by al Qaida-linked al Shabaab attackers using explosives and guns. A police officer stated at the time that some officials of government had escaped through its windows.
“There is still heavy gunfire inside the hotel and we hear explosions from time to time, we are still in our houses since last night, when the siege started,” Ismail HaajiReuters spoke with a local resident, whose name is ‘Madison’.
Special forces units are also known as Gaashaan According to a witness, Haramcad had taken control of operations.
“The fighters who launched the attack are still fighting inside the hotel, and they are fighting with the forces of Haramcad and Gaashaan, and security forces are trying to rescue the people trapped inside the hotel,” The officer was also added.
It is not known yet how many casualties were caused by the siege or how many people were rescued.
Mogadishu government officials frequently use the Villa Rosa Hotel for meetings
Somalia’s parliament It stated that it had delayed a scheduled session For both its houses.
“All members of parliament of both councils are being informed that today’s scheduled meeting has been postponed,” It stated this in a Facebook statement.
Al Shabaab is a group that seeks to overthrow the government and establish its own rule using extreme Islamic law. It frequently attacks Mogadishu and other places.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected to the office this year and has launched a military assault against the group.