Terrorist Attack Rocks Mogadishu: 3 Dead and Dozens Injured Near Presidential Palace

Terrorist Attack

In a brazen assault close to Somalia’s presidential palace, tragedy struck as a terrorist attack unfolded at the SYL Hotel, leaving three dead and 27 injured. The incident, characterized as a heinous act by state broadcaster Somalia National Television (SNTV), shook the capital city of Mogadishu on Thursday night. here are som details according to CNN International

The Attack Unfolds

According to SNTV reports, five armed gunmen stormed the SYL Hotel premises, unleashing chaos and terror. Somali security forces swiftly responded, engaging the assailants in a fierce firefight. Ultimately, all five attackers were neutralized, but not before claiming the lives of three soldiers and leaving a trail of devastation.

Somali police spokesman Colonel Qasim Ahmed Roble explicitly pointed the finger at the notorious terrorist group Al-Shabaab, although SNTV did not disclose the identity of the perpetrators. The organization, known for its ruthless tactics and extremist ideology, has been a persistent threat to stability and security in Somalia.

Response and Condemnation

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud wasted no time in responding to the tragedy, visiting injured victims at Erdoğan Hospital in Mogadishu the following day. Expressing solidarity with the victims and their families, President Mohamud reaffirmed the government’s commitment to combating terrorism and restoring peace.

The international community also swiftly condemned the attack. The US Embassy in Mogadishu vehemently denounced the act of terror and reiterated its support for Somalia’s efforts to counter Al-Shabaab. Similarly, Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, condemned the assault and commended the Somali forces for their swift response.

Ongoing Struggle Against Terrorism

The attack underscores the persistent threat posed by extremist groups like Al-Shabaab in Somalia. Despite ongoing efforts by Somali security forces, supported by international partners such as the United States and the European Union, the fight against terrorism remains an uphill battle.

As the nation grapples with the aftermath of yet another senseless act of violence, the attack serves as a stark reminder of the challenges ahead in securing a peaceful and stable future for Somalia.

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