More Than 20 Dead in Terrorists’ Siege of Somali Hotel

Al Qaeda-affiliated militants claimed responsibility for attack on Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu

Islamist militants exploded a car bomb outside the popular Hayat Hotel in Somalia’s seaside capital before entering the building on foot, according to officials. More than 20 people were killed in the siege that started Friday. Photo: Feisal Omar/Reuters

More than 20 people were killed and others feared dead as Islamist militants continued their siege of a popular hotel in Somalia’s seaside capital.

Intermittent gunshots could still be heard Saturday night outside Mogadishu’s Hayat Hotel, more than 24 hours after gunmen stormed the well-known hangout for Somali officials and businessmen after evening prayers on Friday.

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