Somalia is not just a story of violence and state failure. Focus on our strengths
It took a long time for the Somali security forces to finish off the men who attacked the Villa Rose Hotel. An attacker blew himself up at the entrance of the hotel to allow 5 others to make their way into the complex.
Al-Shabaab has been largely weakened in an ongoing military operation in central regions, where the group lost dozens of villages to Somali troops and pro-government clan militias.
The Somali National Army forces cleared Al-Shabaab from important areas in the Hiran region where the militants were strategically located and used to plot bombings and attacks targeting the army bases and government-controlled towns.
Al-Shabaab intensified terrorist attacks in Mogadishu as the group faces defeats on the battlefields in the ongoing military operation in central regions, mainly Hiran, Galgadud, and Middle Shabelle.
Al-Shabaab targeted a business district in a high-traffic area in the city to send a message that it is still capable of staging blasts in Mogadishu after the government recaptured key areas in central regions.
The UNSOM was created in June 2013 by the Security Council to support state-building and peacebuilding in Somalia.
The prime minister made the statement during an emergency meeting of the council of ministers to discuss the support of the victims, including many who are in critical and need urgent abroad treatment.
Hundreds of people, including youths, soldiers, government officials, and students have rushed to hospitals to donate blood for the victims of the terrorist bombing by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab.
The Al-Qaeda-linked militant group poses a potent threat to the security of the country and has been waging a deadly insurgency for 15 years to outs the western-backed Somali government.
The attack is the deadliest terror incident in Mogadishu since 2017 when a truck bomb killed nearly 1,000 people and wounded hundreds of others.
The attack comes amid an ongoing military operation in central Somalia that saw gains against Al-Shabaab as the army captured strategic areas.
The meeting discusses how to strengthen cooperation between Villa Somalia and the regional states and join hands in the fight against Al-Shabaab as well as deal with the drought.