Police in Somalia’s capital said at least 20 people have been killed by gunmen who stormed into a popular seaside restaurant and took siege of the eatery.

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The militant group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack at the Lido Beach View Hotel in Mogadishu.

Somali police officer Mohamed Abdirahman said Friday the assault was a “barbaric and brutal attack against innocent civilians.”

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The assailants attacked the restaurant Thursday evening, setting off explosions and firing on guests.

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A top Somali intelligence official told VOA’s Somali service that security forces flushed the militants from the building and captured the leader of the gunmen.


source voanews.com