Extremist group claims responsibility for Somali hotel attack

Al-Shabaab, an al Qaida-linked Islamic extremist group, has claimed responsibility for an attack at a Somalia hotel, which is popular with government officials and tourists.

Somali troops took control of the Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in Mogadishu early on Saturday after extremist gunmen were holed up for more than 12 hours in an attack that has left at least 24 people, including six gunmen, dead.

Colonel Farah Aden, a senior police officer at the scene, told Reuters that Somalia's ambassador to Geneva is among the dead and at least 28 others were wounded.

He added: "Those who died include civilians, hotel guards and government soldiers."

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Death toll in Somali hotel siege rises to 'at least 24'

The death toll following an attack on the Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in Somalia yesterday has risen to "at least 24", according to reports.

Somali government soldiers take position outside the Maka Al-Mukarama hotel Credit: REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Senior police officer Captain Mohamed Hussein confirmed 18 people were killed in the attack, including one solider. Six gunmen are also believed to have lost their lives as Somali special forces stormed the building to regain control of the hotel.

The attack started around 4pm local time yesterday and lasted 12 hours. Al-Shabaab, an al Qaida-linked Islamic extremist group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Somalia's ambassador to Geneva killed in attack

Somalia's ambassador to Geneva is among the dead and at least 20 others are wounded, Colonel Farah Aden, a senior police officer at the scene, told Reuters.

He added: "Those who died include civilians, hotel guards and government soldiers."

Capital of Somalia Mogadishu. Credit: PA

Al-Shabaab fighters blasted and shot their way into the popular Hotel Maka Al Mukaram on Friday afternoon, trapping many government officials.

Al-Shabaab controlled much of Mogadishu between 2007 and 2011, but was pushed out of Somalia's capital and other major cities by African Union forces.

Security personnel, led by a unit from the elite US-trained special forces troops known as "Gaashaan" (Shield) stormed the hotel on Friday evening and fought the attackers into Saturday.

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Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for Somalia attack

Residents evacuate an injured boy after Islamist group al-Shabaab attacked the Maka Al-Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu Credit: Reuters

An Islamic extremist group linked to al Qaida has claimed responsibility for an attack on a hotel in Somalia that has left at least 17 people dead.

Somali troops have taken control of the Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in the capital Mogadishu where al-Shabaab gunmen were holed up for more than 12 hours.

The hotel is popular with Somali government officials and foreigners.

At least 15 people killed in attack on hotel in Somalia

The number of people killed during an attack by Islamist militants on a hotel in the Somali capital has to at least 15, police said as fighting continued with loud explosions heard overnight.

"At least 15 people died including Somalia's ambassador to Geneva, and at least 20 others were wounded," Colonel Farah Aden, a senior police officer at the scene, told Reuters.

He added: "Those who died include civilians, hotel guards and government soldiers."

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