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Mogadishu (Aug 24) – Islamic terrorists disguised in Army uniforms stormed the Muna Hotel in downtown Mogadishu this morning killing 31.
The victims were among members of the Military Police, guests, and members of parliament. The terrorists from the Shabaab Islamists group, which has been thwarting all attempts to bring peace and stability to the region, entered the hotel under ruse of being regular Army that had just defeated a group of militants.
According to survivors and eyewitnesses to the carnage, the siege ended when real government troops overtook the building as the terrorists ran out of ammunition. The entire incident took place within several hundred yards of the presidential residence.
Today’s action has once again proven to be a set-back at attempts to bring a life-style worthy of the Somalia’s otherwise peaceful and friendly citizens. The African Union has been doing all within it’s powers to bring an end to almost two decades of carnage and onslaught brought up the tiny country by militants, terrorists, and criminals.
A press release indicated that among the 31 dead, six were legislators, and fifteen government security personnel. The rest of the victims were innocent civilians brutally murdered at the hands of the terrorists.
Just yesterday, the African Union had announced they would be sending hundreds of new peacekeepers, mostly from Uganda, into the war torn region. Uganda was the scene of a deadly suicide bomber attack led by the terrorist group responsible for today’s attacklat month, killing 70.
While traveling with President Obama in Massachusetts, assistant counterterrorism, and homeland security advisor John Brennan had this to say, “[sic] Washington would continue to work very closely with those in Africa, particularly in the Horn of Africa and Somalia, who are interested in ensuring that Africa can build and realize its full potential and prosperity for all Africans.”
African Union leaders have also received committed support from EU leaders as well. More than 1.5 million Somalia’s have been displaced as a direct result of the terrorist activities in what experts are calling, an attempt to set-up worldwide base of operations for all Islamic Terrorist groups.