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14 dead after Somalia hotel siege
28 Mar 2015 12:12
A hotel siege by al Shabaab militants in the Somali capital has ended and the final death toll from the attack stands at 14, a senior government official has said.
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Al Shabaab fighters blasted and shot their way into the popular Hotel Maka Al Mukaram yesterday afternoon, trapping many government officials.
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Security personnel, led by a unit from the elite US-trained special forces troops known as "Gaashaan" (Shield) stormed the hotel on Friday evening and fought the attackers into Saturday. Mohamed Abdi, information minister, said the 14 dead included Somalia's ambassador to Geneva, five civilians, four hotel guards and four government soldiers.
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Four attackers,including one who detonated a car bomb, were also killed.
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Police had previously put the number of dead at 15, and 20 wounded.
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African peacekeeping forces pushed al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab out of Mogadishu in 2011, but it has kept up guerrilla-style attacks, looking to overthrow the government and impose its strict version of Sharia, or Islamic law, on the country.
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The AU Mission in Somalia condemned the attack, including the killing of Somalia's representative to the United NationsOffice in Geneva, Yusuf Bari-Bari.
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