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Several dead after Al-shabab militants storm Mogadishu hotel
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Several dead after Al-shabab militants storm Mogadishu hotel

At least 13 people have been killed in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, after al-Shabaab militants rammed a car bomb into the gate of a hotel and stormed inside, police have said. More than a dozen people were also injured, Maj Mohamed Ahmed, a police officer, told Reuters, adding that the death toll could rise. Gunfire rang out as fighters entered the Dayah Hotel and a second blast shook the area shortly afterwards, police and witnesses said. “Well-armed mujahideen [fighters] attacked the hotel, and now they are fighting inside the hotel,” according to a report by Somalia’s Andalus radio, which is linked to al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab, which until 2011 controlled Mogadishu and much of Somalia, often launches bomb and gun attacks in the capital, saying it wants to topple the western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam on the nation. In the past two years, a campaign by African Union troops and Somali forces has driven the group out of key urban strongholds, but it remains active from bases in rural areas. “Shooting is taking place,” Maj Ali Hussein, a police officer at the scene, told Reuters, shortly before the second blast that sent journalists and others near the scene scurrying for safety. Some shops nearby were damaged. Reuters