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Heavily-armed terrorists attack SYL Hotel in Mogadishu

Heavily-armed terrorists attack SYL Hotel in Mogadishu
At the time of this report, eyewitnesses said heavy gunfire could still be heard within the premises of the SYL Hotel Mogadishu where terrorists stormed in for an attack.
It was not yet clear how many people were inside. Some eyewitnesses said the attackers had donned Somali security personnel uniforms.

A band of heavily-armed terrorists, claiming to be a part of Somalia-based Islamist group Al-Shabab, are storming the SYL Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, to local reports. The luxury hotel is frequented by government officials and politicians.

“We thought they were police but they started hurling grenades and firing us when they neared and so we exchanged fire at the gate of the hotel,” a police officer told Reuters.

One MP who escaped from the scene told others there were casualties, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Somali security forces claim to have killed three of the attackers and say they managed to evacuate officials from the hotel as the attack got underway.

Al-Shabab targeted the hotel in a devastating car bomb attack in February 2016, killing 14 people including five militants and causing enormous damage to nearby buildings.