WATCH: Shabaab claim Somalia hotel attack; 5 dead

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WATCH: Shabaab claim Somalia hotel attack; 5 dead

Mogadishu - Dead include three security guards


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Published: Sat 25 Jun 2016, 8:20 PM

Last updated: Sun 26 Jun 2016, 8:58 AM

At least five people were killed in an attack on Saturday on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu that was swiftly claimed by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militants, police said.
"What we know is that there were at least five victims, including three security guards, and that six others were injured," police official Ibrahim Mohamed said.
The Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement distributed through online social networks.
The assault was led by a suicide attacker driving a car laden with explosives, the Shabaab said in a statement distributed through the Telegram smartphone app.
The attack began at 4:30 pm (1330 GMT) with a powerful blast followed by heavy gunfire, an AFP journalist and a witness said.
At 7:00 pm, as night fell in Somalia, sporadic gunfire could still be heard, witnesses said.
The Shabaab swiftly claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a statement on the Telegram smartphone app that the gunmen had "managed to fully take control of the hotel".

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