Somalia: Gunfire heard inside besieged resort, parliament session delayed


Gunfire was heard on Monday from inside a besieged resort within the Somali capital that was attacked on the weekend, a close-by resident and a police officer stated, whereas parliament stated it had postponed a scheduled session.

The Villa Rose resort, close to the presidential residence, was stormed on Sunday by attackers of al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, utilizing weapons and explosives, with a police officer saying on the time that some authorities officers escaped from its home windows.

“There’s nonetheless heavy gunfire contained in the resort, and we hear explosions every so often … we’re nonetheless in our homes since final night time, when the siege began,” Ismail Haaji, who lives close to the resort, instructed Reuters.

Particular forces items, often known as Gaashaan and Haramcad, had taken over operations, stated a police officer on the scene who spoke on situation of anonymity.

“The fighters who launched the assault are nonetheless preventing contained in the resort, and they’re preventing with the forces of Haramcad and Gaashaan, and safety forces try to rescue the individuals trapped contained in the resort,” the officer added.

The variety of casualties from the siege and the variety of individuals rescued was not but clear.

Authorities officers in Mogadishu ceaselessly use the Villa Rosa resort for conferences.

Somalia’s parliament stated it had postponed a scheduled session for each of its homes.

“All members of parliament of each councils are being knowledgeable that in the present day’s scheduled assembly has been postponed,” it stated in an announcement on its Fb web page.

Al Shabaab, which is searching for to topple the federal government and set up its personal rule primarily based on an excessive interpretation of Islamic regulation, ceaselessly phases assaults in Mogadishu and elsewhere.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who was elected this yr, has launched a army offensive in opposition to the group.