Somalia: 16 Suspects Arrested in Connection with Deadly SYL Hotel Attack in Mogadishu

Published: March 24, 2024

Mogadishu, Somalia (Horseed Media) – Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) has announced the arrest of 16 individuals accused of involvement in last week’s deadly attack on the SYL Hotel in Mogadishu by the al-Shabaab terrorist group.

According to NISA, one of the arrested suspects, Abdinasir Dahir Noor, is accused of facilitating the vehicle used in the attack to enter the city.

Four other individuals have been taken into custody for allegedly owning the two vehicles utilized by the al-Shabaab militants during the hotel assault on March 14th, 2024.

In a preliminary report, NISA stated that investigations are ongoing into the potential involvement of five government security personnel stationed at checkpoints through which the attackers passed on the night of the incident.

“All the arrested terrorists and other suspects in this case have been referred to the justice system to be prosecuted for their crimes,” the NISA press release concluded.

The March 14th attack on the SYL Hotel in Mogadishu’s located in close proximity to the Presidential Villa Somalia in Mogadishu, reportedly left dozens of civilians dead and many more injured, several high-ranking government officials were among those injured.

Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group, claimed responsibility for the deadly assault.

Authorities have vowed to bring all those responsible for planning and carrying out the horrific attack to justice as investigations continue.

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