Somali police hold their weapons as they walk outside the Maka Al-Mukarama hotel during an Islamist group al Shabab attack in the capital Mogadishu, March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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Islamist militants blasted their way into a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least seven people and trapping government officials inside, police and witnesses said.Six of the nine attackers, members of the Al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab, were shot dead by security forces, police said. Police said forces from the elite U.S.-trained special forces troops known as "Gaashaan" (Shield) then stormed the hotel compound and took back control of most of the building. Police said the troops had killed most of the attackers.
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