According to the Somali National News Agency, ongoing fighting at the Pearl Beach hotel has resulted in the rescue of numerous civilians. However, there is currently no information available regarding any fatalities.
Al-Shabab, the Somalia-based extremist group, is notorious for targeting hotels and other prominent locations in Mogadishu with its attacks. (Photo: AP)
Witnesses and state media in Somalia have reported an extremist attack on a beachside hotel in the capital city, Mogadishu.
Security forces are currently responding to the situation while some individuals remain trapped inside the hotel.
According to the Somali National News Agency, a significant number of civilians have been rescued from the Pearl Beach hotel, with no immediate information on casualties.
The attack has been claimed by al-Shabab, the East Africa affiliate of al-Qaida, which is notorious for targeting hotels and prominent locations in Mogadishu, often initiating the assaults with suicide bombings.
The Pearl Beach hotel, located near the Turkish Embassy and frequented by government officials, was targeted in the extremist attack.
Hassan Abdirahman, an eyewitness, informed The Associated Press that he was present in the restaurant during the incident. He recounted hearing gunshots originating from the beach area, followed by a powerful explosion.
Managing to escape, he noticed damaged vehicles along the street. Witnesses and state media confirm the assault and indicate that security forces are actively engaged at the scene while some individuals remain trapped inside the hotel.
The Somali National News Agency has reported the successful rescue of “many civilians” from the Pearl Beach hotel, with no immediate information on casualties.
Al-Shabab, the East Africa affiliate of al-Qaida, has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Pearl Beach hotel in Mogadishu.
The hotel, located near the Turkish Embassy and frequented by government officials, was targeted in the assault.
Witnesses like Hassan Abdirahman and Mulki Osman described hearing gunshots, explosions, and witnessing damaged vehicles. While some individuals managed to escape, others remain trapped inside.
The Somali National News Agency reported the rescue of many civilians, with no immediate information on casualties. Lido Beach, a popular area in Mogadishu, was bustling with people enjoying the weekend when the attack occurred.