14:50 GMT24 September 2020
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    The death toll from an al-Shabaab attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu has reportedly risen to at least 15.

    A solder walks past at the scene of a car bomb attack and armed raid by Al Shebab militants on the Maka al Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu
    © AFP 2020 / Mohamed Abdiwahab
    Police have said that the death toll from an assault by Islamic militants from the group al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu has jumped to at least 15.

    The statement came amid reports that Somalian security forces have retaken control of the hotel following a deadly 12-hour standoff with terrorists.

    "At least 15 people died, including Somalia's ambassador to Geneva, and at least 20 others were wounded," Colonel Farah Aden, a senior police officer at the scene, was quoted as saying by Reuters.

    He added that "those who died include civilians, hotel guards and government soldiers."


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