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8 killed, 14 wounded during Islamic rebels' assault on Somalia hotel

8 killed, 14 wounded during Islamic rebels' assault on Somalia hotelAt least eight people were killed and 14 injured as Somali security forces ended a siege by extremist fighters who stormed a hotel in the capital, local authorities told to Associated Press.

Four al-Shabab attackers were also killed in the attack on Dayah hotel, which is often frequented by government officials, said Col. Mohamoud Abdi, a senior Somali police officer.

Survivors described chaotic scenes in which hotel residents hid under beds and others jumped out of windows of the four-story building to escape the extremist attackers.

The assault on the hotel started when a suicide car bomb exploded at its gates.

Dozens of people, including lawmakers, were thought to have been staying at Mogadishu's Dayah hotel at the time of the morning attack, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein. Heavy gunfire could still be heard inside the hotel, he said.

A nearby shopping center caught fire and dozens of people helped save goods in the business premises.

Somalia's homegrown Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack via its online radio, Andalus.
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