A group of militants from the Islamist terrorist organization Al Shabaab in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, on Sunday evening he assaulted a hotel. In the following hours, an intense firefight began between the assailants and the Somali armed forces, who finally managed to regain control of the building on Monday afternoon. In the clashes, the police said, 15 people were killed, including civilians (8), soldiers (1) and Al Shabaab militants (6).
The stormed hotel is called Villa Rays, it is located near the presidential palace and is usually frequented by government officials. According to the testimonies collected so far, on Sunday evening there would have been some explosions and shots fired inside the hotel, which was subsequently attacked by militants. Some government officials would have managed to get out of the structure using windows and emergency exits, while others would have been rescued by the armed forces during the clash with members of Al Shabaab to regain control of the hotel.
In Somalia, Al Shabaab has been carrying out attacks for several years: one of the most recent was carried out on 30 October again in Mogadishu, with two explosions in a busy area of the city which had caused the death of at least 100 people.