The Somali National Army (SNA) has successfully recaptured the Elite Hotel in Mogadishu from Al-Shabaab militants, state-run SNTV reported, citing security officials.
The attack, which lasted more than five hours, began with an improvised explosive device (IED) hitting the hotel’s door shortly before evening prayers.
Troops rescued those trapped inside the hotel, and are conducting security checks inside the hotel.
Al-Shabaab militants inside the hotel were all killed, according to four men armed with grenades and machine guns.
At least 10 people have been confirmed dead in the attack, including civilians and government officials, while nearly 40 others have been injured, and the DF is expected to issue a statement on the casualties. .