Al-Shabab kills 17 hostages in siege at cap­i­tal restau­rant

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MO­GADISHU | Gun­men pos­ing as mil­i­tary forces were hold­ing an un­known num­ber of hostages in­side a pop­u­lar restau­rant in So­ma­lia’s cap­i­tal in an at­tack that be­gan with a car bomb ex­plo­sion, po­lice and a wit­ness said.

The Is­lamist group al-Shabab claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity. At least 17 peo­ple, in­clud­ing for­eign­ers, were dead, po­lice and an am­bu­lance driver said.

Two of the gun­men were shot dead and 10 hostages were res­cued but five other at­tack­ers were thought to re­main in­side, cut­ting off elec­tric­ity to com­pli­cate se­cu­rity forces’ ef­forts to end the siege, Capt. Mo­hamed Hus­sein said. He said heavy gun­fire was heard. An am­bu­lance driver with the Amin Am­bu­lance ser­vice, Khalif Dahir, said early Thurs­day they had car­ried 17 bod­ies and 26 wounded peo­ple. Po­lice said the dead in­cluded a Syr­ian man.

Most of the vic­tims were young men who had been en­ter­ing the Pizza House when the ve­hi­cle ex­ploded.

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