10 killed in Somalia hotel attack

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Mogadishu, June 2: At least 10 persons have been killed and 25 others injured in an attack by Al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said on Wednesday, June 2.

A car bomb was set off by a suicide bomber at the gate of the Ambassador Hotel, after which other gunmen moved in.

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"We can confirm that at least 10 civilians were killed in the blast while 25 others injured," police officer Mohamed Farah said.

Witnesses said they heard a huge blast followed by heavy gunfire from the hotel.

Local residents said troops were trying to rescue possible hostages in the hotel.Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Ambassador Hotel on the busy Makka Al-mukarram street is frequented by government officials.
Al-Shabaab, which has been battling the Somali government for years, stages periodic attacks in the country.

IANS

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