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Somali troops overpower militants to end hotel siege
On Monday, Somali security forces stormed a hotel in the capital to end a nearly-day-long siege by al Shabaab militants who, according to police, had killed nine people in the building near the president's residence.
Over a period of more than twelve hours after the Islamist group stormed the building in the center of Mogadishu, special forces engaged the militants in combat with gunfire coming from inside the hotel.
A government minister claimed that he and others had kicked down a door to escape after being caught in the hotel following evening prayers when a suicide bomber struck and the gunbattle broke out. A police spokesperson stated that sixty civilians had been rescued.
Even as President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's government launches an offensive against the al Qaeda-allied militants, the assault demonstrates that they are still capable of carrying out deadly attacks inside the city that sometimes result in high casualties.