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The United Nations condemns the terrorist attack on a hotel near Somalia's airport



The United Nations envoy to Somalia strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a hotel near the international airport in the capital, Mogadishu, which left at least five people dead and dozens wounded.


According to media reports, the terrorist youth movement claimed responsibility for the attack on the Afrique hotel, which began with a car bomb, followed by a gun battle with security forces that lasted for hours, in which four attackers were killed.


James Swan, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), in a statement condemned this "rude attack" and said: "We are horrified by this reprehensible attack on a place frequented by innocent civilians, and we condemn it in the strongest terms."


The security forces had rescued several civilians who were said to be trapped in the hotel, and the United Nations expressed its condolences to the families of the victims, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured.


Somalia is located in the Horn of Africa and has suffered from a number of brutal terrorist attacks, many of which were claimed by Al-Shabaab. In one of these incidents in August 2020, at least 17 people were killed when the terrorist group attacked the Elite Hotel, which led to a battle that continued. Seven hours with the security forces.

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