Two automobile bombs had been detonated between the Sahafi Lodge and one other one detonated behind the resort, police instructed CNN.
Col. Qasim Ahmed Roble, Somali police spokesman, instructed reporters 5 attackers tried to storm the resort however had been shot and killed by police.
Fifty-two Somali officers had been rescued from the Sahafi Lodge and the Hayat Lodge, he mentioned.
Abdiaziz Ibrahim, a former spokesperson for the Inside Safety Ministry, who was on the scene, instructed CNN the assaults lasted 20 minutes and occurred “one after the opposite.”
One of many victims was the proprietor of the resort, Ibrahim mentioned.
“Those that carried out the assault had been wearing police uniform, however they had been Al Shabab attackers,” he mentioned.
“Such reprehensible acts of terrorism won’t in any method undermine the dedication of the Somali individuals to pursue their state-building, financial restoration and safety priorities,” mentioned the UN Secretary-Common’s deputy particular consultant for Somalia, Raisedon Zenenga, in an announcement.