On Dec. 10, five al-Shabab attackers stormed the SYL hotel near the presidential palace in Mogadishu – a hotel frequented by government officials. The attack left five people dead including two civilians and three soldiers. All five attackers were shot dead as they clashed with security forces while dozens of people, including government officials were rescued.
The last major attack in the capital was on July 24 in which a blind female suicide bomber blew herself inside the mayor's office killing six people and severely wounding the mayor who a few days later died at a hospital in Qatar.
The attack demonstrated how the group has been trying to adopt new methods of conducting deadly attacks targeting senior government officials. The attack, which was carried by a blind woman working at the municipal government facilitated by another female colleague, showed that the group was adapting to strict security measures deployed in the city.
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