At least ten people were killed on Sunday in an attack by al-Shabaab militants on the Villa Rose hotel, which is located near the presidential palace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. This was stated by the local police, TASR informs, according to a report by the DPA agency.

Among the victims are two individuals with dual citizenship, Somali and British, a local police official said. He added that Somalia’s Minister of Internal Security, Ahmed Mohamed Doodishe, was injured in the attack. Islamists from the al-Shabaab group reported on the attack on the hotel through their radio station, writes DPA.

Hotel Villa Rose is located in the guarded area of ​​the Somali metropolis. It houses a restaurant that is frequented by government and security officials. Witnesses to the attack said they first heard massive explosions, followed by gunfire.

Al-Shabaab, a militant group linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist network, has been trying to overthrow the Somali government for 15 years, supported by African Union peacekeepers. It apparently also carried out two bomb attacks at a busy intersection in Mogadishu, which killed at least 120 people and injured more than 300 on October 29. The AP noted that al-Shabaab does not usually claim responsibility for attacks with high civilian casualties.

The latest attack comes amid an offensive by the Somali government against al-Shabaab, which still controls large parts of central and southern Somalia. Fighters loyal to the militants responded by killing clan leaders who support the offensive and attacking public places frequented mainly by government officials.

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