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Somalia: Al Shabaab claims deadly hotel attack

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Somalia: Al Shabaab claims deadly hotel attack

A combined suicide bombing and gun attack at a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has left a number of people dead and injured.

Police reports on the death toll vary, but it is believed at least 13 people were killed in and around the Dayah Hotel – a spot popular with politicians.

Several of those wounded are reportedly in a serious condition.

Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack. Its militants are said to have rammed a car bomb into the hotel gates, before storming the building and opening fire.

A second blast rocked the area shortly afterwards. Security officials say they have since secured the hotel.