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The attack became the deadliest and longest in a key in Mogadishu since the election of Hassan Sheikh as the 10th president of Somalia in May 2022.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali security forces ended the Al-Shabaab siege at Hayat hotel in Mogadishu on Sunday after more than 35 hours of standoff, police, and witnesses confirmed.
The overall death toll is yet to be released by the police but hospital sources confirmed to Keydmedia Online that as many as 30 people have died and over 50 others wounded in the attack.
Al-Shabaab has claimed some of the attackers managed to escape during the operation. KON could not independently verify this claim. The hotel was popular with MPs, politicians, and elders.
KON learned from multiple sources that 16 attackers were involved in the Hayat hotel assault, some of them booked at the hotel prior to the raid which began on Friday evening at 7:00 P.M. local time.
The four storey hotel building is located in a heavily fortified area near the NISA checkpoint on KM4 road leading to the city's airport.
The terrorist attack became the deadliest and longest in a key in Mogadishu since the election of Hassan Sheikh as the 10th president of Somalia in May 2022.