June 27, 2016 by Author
An attack by the Islamist group al-Shabab in a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu has left at least 14 dead, police say.
Security forces retook the Naso-Hablod hotel after gunmen stormed it and took hostages, officials said.
Those killed are reported to include security guards, civilians and some of the attackers.
Al-Shabab militants frequently carry out attacks in the city in their bid to topple the Western-backed government.
A suicide bomber first detonated a car with explosives at the gate of the hotel, and the attackers moved in, officials said.
Once inside, the gunmen shot randomly at guests, a witness said.
“They were shooting at everyone they could see. I escaped through the back door,” Ali Mohamud told the Associated Press news agency.
A gun battle then erupted between the attackers and security forces