Somalia president back in Mogadishu as SNA gains ground
Although the condition of the hotel that was attacked is normal, the hotel was badly damaged after the government forces hit it with heavy weapons.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The chief of the Somali police force, General Abdi Hassan Hijaar confirmed the end of the attack at the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu, which took more than 30 hours.
Hijar who held a press conference outside the hotel said that the operation was concluded at midnight last night and that the police rescued 106 people, including children and women.
The police head did not officially disclose the number of deaths and injuries from the attack but said that the Ministry of Health will announce the exact number of casualties.
The hotel was badly damaged after the government forces hit it with heavy weapons during the battle to neutralize the Al-Shabaab gunmen who took over the building on Friday evening.
The security and hospital sources put the death toll at 30 while over 60 were wounded, including senior police and intelligence officials. It's the deadliest terrorist incident since the start of this year.
After the funeral, the president returned to New York, where he delivered a keynote speech on Somalia's situation, politically, economically, and security at the UN general assembly.