on Sunday 16 August, an attack that took place in a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, has killed at least five dead and ten wounded. The establishment was at first attended by government officials, as specified by a security officer of the somali government to Agence France-Presse, at the time of "sporadic gunfire" were launched yet. The official said that "the death toll could still rise because the explosion that preceded the attack of the establishment by armed men," has been massive ". There would always be " hostages in the hotel."
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"The explosion was very strong"
This type of operation carries the brand of those usually carried out by the jihadists shebabs in somalia's capital. "The explosion was very strong and I saw smoke in the area, it is chaos and people fleeing nearby buildings," according to one of the witnesses, Ali Sayid Adan. On Monday, at least four people have been killed in exchanges of fire inside the central prison of Mogadishu, after prisoners managed to seize weapons held by their keepers.
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All the prisoners involved in the incident were of the radical islamist shebabs, some of whom were serving a sentence of life in prison, said a police official who requested anonymity. Driven out of the somali capital in 2011, the shebabs have then lost most of their strongholds. But they still control large rural areas where they carry out operations of guerrilla warfare and suicide bombings including in the capital, against the government's objectives, security or civilians. Affiliated with Al-Qaeda, they have vowed the loss of the somali government, supported by the international community and by the 20 000-strong african Union mission in Somalia (Amisom).