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Somalia: Mogadishu hotel attacked by gunmen



   
   

       
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    1 November 2015


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Media captionThe BBC's Tomi Oladipo reports: ''Residents of Mogadishu say that they heard a loud bang at dawn..followed by gunfire''

At least 10 people have been killed in a suicide attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Gunmen used a vehicle packed with explosives to blast their way into the Sahafi hotel compound before storming the building, police said.

African Union troops and government forces say they have regained control of the hotel after a fierce gun battle.

The hotel is popular with Somalia's members of parliament.

A website associated with al-Shabab claimed responsibility, saying that fighters from the al-Qaeda linked group had infiltrated the hotel after an explosion.

The attack comes a day after deadly clashes between jihadist fighters and African Union (AU) troops in the Bakool region near the border with Ethiopia.

The AU is helping the government battle al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda.

Security in Somalia has improved, but al-Shabab still attacks Mogadishu regularly.

                                                                                                   

The militants have also targeted neighbouring countries, killing almost 150 people in an assault on Garissa University College in Kenya in April.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Gunmen used a vehicle packed with explosives to blast their way into the hotel
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    The al-Shabab militant group has carried out regular attacks in Somalia
               

           

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