(MOGADISHU, Somalia.) JUST IN: Al-Shabaab gunmen have attacked a hotel near the presidential palace in the capital, according to police and the armed group: Fighting was still continuing following Tuesday’s attack on SYL hotel #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.10: “ We thought they were police but they started hurling grenades and firing us when they neared and so we exchanged fire at the gate of the hotel,” a police officer who gave his name as Ahmed told Reuters news agency.Somalia: Al-Shabab gunmen attack Mogadishu hotel
An ambulance carrying an injured person from the attack on SYL hotel arrives to the Shaafi hospital in Mogadishu [Feisal Omar/Reuters]

Zakia Hussen, Somalia’s deputy police commissioner, said security forces killed two of the attackers outside the hotel and were fighting two others on the premises: “So far, security forces have rescued 82 people, both civilians and officials,” Zakia said on her Twitter account.

Abdi-Aziz Abu Mus’ab, al-Shabab’s military spokesman, confirmed the group was behind the attack and said its fighters were inside the hotel compound, which is popular with government officials and politicians:

#AceNewsDesk reports ………..Published: Dec.10: 2019: Additional reporting Al Jazeera

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