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Massive explosions as gunmen storm upscale lodge in Somalia’s capital




Mogadishu, Somalia
CNN
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Gunfire and explosions shook an upscale lodge in Mogadishu on Friday night, as police responded to an assault by unidentified gunmen, in accordance with native authorities and witnesses.

Police Main Hassan Dahir confirmed to CNN {that a} gun battle was going down between gunmen and Somali safety forces on the Hayat Lodge in Somalia’s capital, in an space frequented by lawmakers and authorities officers.

Two safety officers, together with Mogadishu intelligence chief Muhidin Mohamed, had been wounded within the ongoing assault, Dahir stated. Particulars remained murky, nevertheless, because the siege continued.

The Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group Al-Shabaab claimed accountability for the assault in an announcement posted on its affiliated on-line websites, saying its fighters managed to take over the lodge after blasting their method into the constructing. CNN has not independently confirmed the declare.

A US airstrike on Sunday killed 13 members of the al-Shabaab group, in accordance with an announcement by US Africa Command earlier this week. It’s unclear if the Friday assault is related to that strike.

In Could, US President Joe Biden determined to redeploy troops to Somalia in assist of the native authorities and to counter al-Shabaab. The transfer reversed a call by former President Donald Trump to withdraw all US troops from the nation.

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