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Security forces have ended a siege by Al Qaeda-linked militants at a hotel in Somalia’s capital in which more than 20 people were killed and dozens injured..
Security forces have ended a siege by Al Qaeda-linked militants at a hotel in Somalia’s capital in which more than 20 people were killed and dozens injured, authorities said on Sunday.
The Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab group, which has been fighting to topple the government in the Horn of Africa country for more than a decade, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Security forces and others walk in front of the damaged Hayat Hotel in the capital Mogadishu.
— APAt least 21 killed in Somalia hotel siege, many hostages freedArmed forces battled the militants for 30 hours from Friday evening at the Hayat Hotel in MogadishuDozens of people who had been taken hostage in the stand-off at the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu were freed.
Another group of people in the hotel fled to an upper floor, where they were killed by the militants who first blew up the stairs to prevent escape, Ali said.
Security forces managed to free some of those who locked themselves in their rooms in the upper floors after several hours, he said.
Some 106 people were freed, including women and children, a senior police commander said.
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