Serhat TUNAR -TDO- In Somalia, gunmen attacked the hotel near the Presidential Palace, where politicians usually stay. al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, while police said the attackers were killed and 82 people were rescued from the hotel.
Police Chief General Zakia Hussen said two assailants were killed outside the hotel, while the other two remaining assailants entered the hotel. Hussen later revealed that both of those attackers were killed.
An official from Somali police, who said his name was Ahmet, said the attack began as gunmen approached the entrance of the hotel. Ahmed said the attackers initially thought they were police, but later the shootout began with grenades thrown and opened fire. The same official said the armed conflict was ongoing.
Abdulaziz Abu Musab, a spokesman for the al-Shabab organization, said the attack was orchestrated by them. Musab added that the fighters were at the hotel compound and were continuing to fight.