Siege in Somali capital ends, attackers killed - 3/1/2019 9:26:13 AM

Cars burn after car bombs in Mogadishu Somalia Thursday Feb. 28 2019. At least four people were killed in a powerful explosion late Thursday in the Somali capital Mogadishu police said in an attack that Islamic extremists said was an attempt to bomb

Car bomb targets Mogadishu hotel, killing at least 11

Security forces on Friday ended a siege by Al-Shabaab insurgents almost 24 hours after jihadists mounted an attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu that left at least 19 dead.

"We have recovered 14 more dead bodies from under the rubble of collapsed buildings, bringing the total number of dead to 19", said Aamin Ambulance director Abdikadir Abdirahman.

Somali authorities have not provided information about an explosion or attack. A hotel is burning and other buildings were ruined by the blast.

A suicide-bomb attack on a hotel in Mogadishu has killed at least 29 people, and injured more than 80.

Somalia's special forces have killed all three gunmen who had taken over a building in central Mogadishu, using civilians as human shields, officials say.

Two witnesses said the blast ripped off part of the roof of Omar's house.

Residents close to the blast scene said they can hear sporadic exchanges of gunfire.

Somalia has been convulsed by lawlessness and violence since 1991, and a further layer of chaos was added in 2015 with the formation in the north of a splinter group of former al Shabaab insurgents who pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

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But on Thursday in Mogadishu, an Al-Shabaab auto bomb exploded, killing at least 19 people. The hotel is frequently patronized by government officials.

Some of the wounded lost limbs, Sadiya Yusuf, a nurse at Daru Shifa, one of the hospitals treating victims, told AP news agency.

"The scene is fearful in magnitude it is similar to the October 14 bombing", he said, referring to a truck bomb that killed more than 500 people in the city in 2017.

The announcement comes a day after three deadly vehicle bombings took the lives of at least 20 people in the capital Mogadishu in attacks the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab took responsibility for.

The US has dramatically increased airstrikes against Al Shabab since President Donald Trump took office.

A U.S. Africa Command statement said the latest strike came on Thursday, in the Hiran region of the country.

Shrugging off a surge in USA airstrikes against its membership, the al-Shabaab terror group, al Qaeda's powerful local affiliate, said it was responsible for one of the most brazen attacks on the Somali capital in recent months.

The militants opened fire on civilians late on the fateful day in one of the busiest streets where locals visit hotels, shops and restaurants killing at least 20 people as BBC Africa reported.

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