Somali forces end deadly al-Shabab Mogadishu hotel siege

Somali troops have ended the siege of a Mogadishu hotel which was taken by al-Shabab militants on Friday.

At least 14 people were killed and more wounded after US-trained Somali special forces soldiers stormed the building.

Journalists at the scene say they have seen the bodies of both militants and soldiers.

Islamist al-Shabab is linked to al-Qaeda and has been battling the UN-backed government in Somalia since 2006, frequently targeting civilians.

Hussein Ali, a member of Mogadishu’s ambulance service, told the Associated Press that there were 28 wounded.

  • winniec

    Lesson learned: Don’t vacation in an Islamic country.

  • cmh

    Nothing like the forces coming in and taking credit for ‘ending it’ when everyone is already dead….