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SOMALIA: 8 killed as militants attack hotel in Kismayo city

Weerar ku bilowday qarax oo ka dhacay Hotel Tawakal ee Magaalada Kismaayo

Eight people were killed after militants stormed a hotel in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo, an attack that started with a suicide bombing Sunday before gunmen forcibly entered and exchanged fire with security forces.

The Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying its fighters had penetrated the Tawakal Hotel.

Security forces from the southern Somali state of Jubaland later ended the siege, killing the gunmen and rescuing scores of people, state media reported.