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At least 8 people died in the terrorist attack, according to the government, and it ended yesterday afternoon after over 20 hours of standoff. All five gunmen were killed by the police.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The State minister for Environment Adam Aw-Hirsi, was one of the officials who survived the attack on the Villa Rays hotel. He spoke about how he escaped.
The minister said that when the explosion happened, he and other Somali officials ran to two closed doors at the back of the hotel, saying that they broke them and left one by one.
There was a massive deafening explosion that shook the foundation of the building, shattering glass windows, right after we left the evening congregational prayers," said Aw-Hirsi.
He said that most of the people who were killed in the hotel were the people who were in the meeting rooms and those who were in the courtyard near the door of the explosion.
The State Minister added that there was a meeting going on at the hotel to discuss the crisis in the Gedo region at the time of the attack on Sunday evening with a suicide blast at the gate.
He pointed out that the meeting brought together government officials, scholars, and businessmen hailing from the Gedo region, including the security minister Doodishe, who was wounded.
At least 8 people died in the terrorist attack, according to the government, and it ended yesterday afternoon after over 20 hours of standoff. All five gunmen involved in the raid were killed by the police.