MOGADISHU -uns: An Islamist attack on a hotel in the Somali capital ended on Sunday after over 27 people had been killed in a near 12-hour siege, police said, underlining the insurgents’ ability to carry out deadly attacks in the heart of the city, reported Reuters.
“The death toll rises to 27 people including police, hotel guards and residents. The death toll may rise. We suspect some other militants disguised themselves and escaped with the residents who were rescued,” police officer Major Mohamed Hussein told Reuters.
“Three militants were captured alive and two others blew up themselves after they were shot,” he added.
The attack began around at 5 p.m. on Saturday with a car bomb. Gunmen then stormed the building after the bomb had destroyed its defenses. The siege ended on Sunday morning.
A Reuters witness saw seven bodies lying inside the hotel.