Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Rescue operations are underway Friday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, alongside sporadic gunshots pitching police and Al-Shabaab insurgents.
Police sources said at least 10 people have been killed and 60 seriously injured after fighting broke out Thursday night.
It all started when police chased up Al-Shabaab fighters ringed up in a restaurant in downtown Mogadishu, causing a suicide bomber to blow up himself to avoid arrest.
Sources quoted the terror group agents as saying that they were deploying in the busy Mogadishu street restaurant as they prepared to attack senior army officials trooped in the Maka Al-Mukarama hotel next door.
Up to press time, rescue operations were underway with police sources saying the situation could be under control before dawn.
Al-Shabaab terror group is waging a guerrilla war against the constitutionally-elected authorities in a bid to topple the legitimate governments of Somalia and set up an Islamic caliphate, the group claims.
© Bur-csa – A.H – N.W / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng