5 militants among 10 killed in Somalia hotel attack

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At least ten people were killed on Tuesday in an attack on a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Police sources said the attack that lasted seven hours left at three civilians and two soldiers dead.

The attack began when five heavily armed gunmen overpowered security guards and stormed the SYL hotel.

The onslaught was claimed by al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab militant group.

Police said 11 people, including two members of the country’s security forces, were injured.

“The security forces have finally accomplished the operation they have been conducting in SYL hotel, the entire of the 5 attackers have been killed, (and) 5 people have been killed in the attack,” government spokesman Ismail Mukhtar tweeted early Wednesday.

The SYL is close to the presidential palace in the capital and is popular with Somali lawmakers.