Somalia: 5 Islamic extremists besiege hotel in Mogadishu

Five of Somalia’s Islamic extremists attacked a leading hotel in the capital at dawn Sunday, killing at least six people and injuring 10, before all the assailants were killed by security forces.

The Somali army and the African Union forces ended the siege by the al-Shabab attackers at the Sahafi Hotel by midday, police commander Ali Ahmed said.

“It’s over now. We have killed all the attackers,” Ahmed told The Associated Press by telephone. “They came under cover of darkness and attacked the hotel while some of the guards were sleeping.”

 The attack started at daybreak when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the hotel’s entrance gate and then four men, armed with AK-47 rifles, propelled grenades and suicide vests, invaded the premises. Some of them went into rooms to kill residents while others went to the hotel’s rooftop to fight off government soldiers who came to battle them, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer.
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