20 people dead after Islamic militants storm hotel in Somalia’s capital
Islamic terrorists have attacked a hotel in the capital of Somalia.
Firing continued for several hours during the encounter with the security forces of the terrorists.
At least 20 people died in this firing. 40 others were injured in Friday night's attack.
Security forces rescued several people, including children, in the attack on the famous Hyatt Hotel in Mogadishu.
Somali security forces fought with terrorists inside the hotel for about 15 hours after the attack began.
The Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which has links to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack.
This is the first major terrorist attack since Somalia's new leader Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud took power in May.
The fighters were held hostage by the al-Shabaab group at the Hyatt Hotel here for about 15 hours.
Among the dead are many big businessmen including the owner of the hotel.
Surprisingly, Intel officials were meeting there when this terrorist attack happened.
After about 15 hours, Somali security forces launched an operation and freed the hotel from the terrorists.