At least 12 killed as Shebab attack Somalia hotel


MOGADISHU: At least 12 people were killed in the Somali capital on Sunday after Shebab gunmen used a vehicle packed with explosives to blast their way inside a hotel, police said. The Al-Qaeda linked Shebab claimed responsibility for the attack at the Sahafi hotel, which is popular with government employees and businessmen, where they said they were still fighting security forces. But African Union troops, battling alongside government forces, said they had taken control of the building after defeating the insurgents. Witnesses said they had seen several bodies of people killed in the initial blast, when a minibus packed with explosive was reportedly used to ram the gates of the hotel’s fortified compound. Shebab commandos then stormed inside.



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