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.
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