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Somalia: 10 killed in upscale hotel attack

5 hotel guests shot dead by al-Shabaab militants who stormed SYL hotel in capital

Magdalene Mukami   | 11.12.2019
Somalia: 10 killed in upscale hotel attack FILE PHOTO


Somali police in the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday ended a 7-hour hotel siege by al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab militants after killing all five attackers.

In a statement to media houses, police confirmed that five hotel guests had been killed by the militants who stormed the upscale SYL hotel located close to the presidential palace.

“Our brave troops have rescued over 80 people who were inside when the attack occurred, the attack was carried out by five terrorists,” the Somali police said.

The al-Shabaab militant group through its propaganda radio Andalus claimed responsibility for the attack.

Al-Shabaab has wreaked havoc in East Africa killing thousands.

In 2017, the militants killed over 580 people in twin truck bombings in Mogadishu.

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