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Somali minister among 15 killed in hotel attack

A Somali cabinet minister is among the 15 killed in an Islamic extremist attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital, police say.

Four attackers also died in the assault, which was claimed by al-Shabab, Somalia’s militant rebels who are allied to al-Qaeda.

State Minister for the Prime Minister’s Office, Buri Hamza, was among those killed, says Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer. Hamza died when his hotel room collapsed Saturday because of the powerful car bomb which extremists used to blast their way into the Hotel NasoHablod.

At least 34 people were injured, according to police and hospital sources.

AP

People and Somali security forces walk across the scene of a car bomb attack claimed by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabab militants which killed at least 5 people, on the Naasa Hablood hotel in Mogadishu on June 25, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB)
People and Somali security forces walk across the scene of a car bomb attack claimed by al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab militants, which killed at least 15 people, on the Hotel Naso-Hablod in Mogadishu on June 25, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

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