Ho­tel at­tack kills 15

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MO­GADISHU: Is­lamist mil­i­tants rammed a car bomb into the gate of a ho­tel in So­ma­lia’s cap­i­tal Mo­gadishu yes­ter­day and stormed in­side, killing at least 15 peo­ple, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said.

Gun­fire rang out as fight­ers en­tered the Dayah Ho­tel, which is pop­u­lar with politi­cians. A sec­ond blast shook the area shortly af­ter­wards, in­jur­ing sev­eral jour­nal­ists and oth­ers nearby.

Colonel Ab­diqadir Hus­sein, a po­lice of­fi­cer, said se­cu­rity forces even­tu­ally man­aged to se­cure the build­ing.

“We have res­cued the peo­ple and con­cluded the op­er­a­tion at Dayah ho­tel,” he said.

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