29 killed by Al-Shabaab militants in Mogadishu

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Mogadishu (Somalia), Oct 30 (ANI): At least 29 people were killed after terrorists attacked a hotel in Somalia’s Mogadishu on Sunday. A car bomb rammed the gates of the hotel late afternoon, breaking down its defences following which gunmen stormed the building. The hotel was close to the presidential palace. Like others in the city, it was fortified and some Somali officials lived there for safety. At least 12 of the dead were police officers. Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the attack. Two of the perpetrators blew themselves up after they were shot; three were caught alive. It’s feared others may have been rescued from the hotel disguised as guests. Al-Shabaab wants to overthrow Somalia’s weak, U.N.-backed government and impose a strict form of Islamic law.

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