18 killed in attack on hotel in Somalia capital
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Police say the death toll is now 18 in an attack on a hotel in Somalia's capital, and a gunbattle continues between security forces and the few remaining extremists holed up inside.
Capt. Mohamed Hussein says more than 30 people were wounded in Saturday's attack that began when a suicide car bomb exploded outside the gates of the Nasa-Hablod hotel. It is frequented by politicians and other members of Mogadishu's elite.
The al-Shabab extremist group has claimed responsibility.
The blast comes two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy Mogadishu street in the country's worst-ever attack.