Somali Security Forces End Deadly Terrorist Siege in Mogadishu Hotel

from The Wall Street Journal,

At least eight people killed and 14 injured in explosions, gun battle in Somalia’s capital.

At least eight people were killed and 14 injured as Somali security forces ended a siege by extremist fighters who stormed a hotel in the capital, police said. Four al-Shabaab attackers were also killed in the attack on Dayah hotel, which is often frequented by government officials, said Col. Mohamoud Abdi, a senior Somali police officer. Survivors described chaotic scenes in which hotel residents hid themselves under beds and others jumped out of windows of the four-story building to escape the extremist attackers. “They kicked down room doors and at some point posed themselves as rescue teams by telling those inside to come out [only] to kill them,” said Hassan Nur, a traditional Somali elder who participated in the election of members of Somalia’s new parliament.

wo well-known clan elders were among those killed by the attackers in the hotel, Mr. Nur said. Al-Shabaab’s assaults have threatened Somalia’s attempts to rebuild from decades of chaos. The presidential election, a key step toward recovery, already has been delayed several times because of security and other concerns. The assault on the Dayah hotel started when a suicide car bomb exploded at its gates. Dozens of people, including lawmakers, were thought to have been staying at Mogadishu’s Dayah hotel at the time of the morning attack, according to police.

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