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Al-Shabab raid on Mogadishu hotel ends with 16 deaths

Officials say Hotel Ambassador secured after deadly siege - the latest in a string of al-Shabab attacks in Mogadishu.

Somali authorites say security forces have brought to an end a bomb and gun attack by al-Shabab fighters on a central Mogadishu hotel that killed at least 16 people and wounded 55 more.

Two legislators were among the dead in Wednesday's attack on Hotel Ambassador, which ended with police shooting the assailants.

Al-Shabab, the armed Somali group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

"So far we have confirmed 16 people, mostly civilians, died and 55 others were injured," Major Nur Mohamed, a police officer, told Reuters news agency on Thursday.

Another police officer, Major Farah Ali, told Reuters the hotel was now secure after the entire building was cleared of the fighters.

"National security forces are on every floor. The last fighter on the top roof [was] shot," Ali said.

Sources earlier said that at least three fighters were involved in the attack.

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Wednesday's attack happened shortly before the arrival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Mogadishu.

In February, at least nine people were killed when al-Shabab fighters set off a car bomb at the gate of a popular park near another hotel in Mogadishu.

In January, an attack on a beachfront restaurant killed at least 17 people.

Al-Shabab was pushed out of Mogadishu by the African Union peacekeeping force AMISOM in 2011.

However, it has remained a constant threat in Somalia, launching frequent attacks aimed at overthrowing the government.

The group has also been behind deadly attacks in Kenya and Uganda. Both contribute troops to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.


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