MOGADISHU REPORT, Thursday 2nd June 2016
Wednesday siege by extremist at a hotel in Somali’s capital Mogadishu has left a soldier, civilians and two lawmakers killed and several others wounded.
Military intelligence BDA indicate 37 people killed in Ambassador Hotel near K-9 junction in Mogadishu and 60 others wounded in an assault that started with suicide bomber in a vehicle laden with explosives (SVBIED) outside Ambassador Hotel on Wednesday evening.
The suicide vehicle-borne improvise devise detonated generating a huge fire, heat and explosion sound with Shebab militants followed with gun fire inside the hotel.
A Special Forces soldier was killed in action (KIA) and two members of parliament, Abdullah Jama and Dr. Mohamed Gure among the 37 who perished from the attack.
Corresponding Mogadishu media outlets reports indicate that at least 50 people have been rescued in a siege that took over 12 hours to end.
Mogadishu Ambassador Hotel attack is the first incident whereby Somali army forces (SNA) have been outmaneuvered by the Al Qaeda affiliated Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen (HSM) fighters.
Al-Shabaab has since claimed responsibility for the attack.
SNA defeat by Al-Shabaab signals increased capability by militant group in conducting terror attacks in urban soft targets.