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Somalis crowd at a hotel heavily damaged by a car bomb blast in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017. Gunmen from Somalia's violent Islamic extremist rebels fought their way into a hotel in the Somali capital after a suicide car bomb exploded at its gates, a police officer said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

A car bombing at a Somali hotel killed at least 10 people


At least ten people were killed, plus four al-Shabab fighters, and 14 injured after members of the terrorist organization bombed a hotel in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu.

The Dayah hotel is popular with government officials, which made it a prime target to attack, said Col. Mohamoud Abdi, a senior Somali police officer. 

Witnesses said they jumped out of windows and hid under beds to avoid the al-Shabab attackers. 

A car bombing at a Somali hotel killed at least 10 people

WATCH | This video captures the explosion and the resulting chaos. Headphones are recommended. 

They...posed themselves as rescue teams by telling those inside to come out, [only] to kill them.
Hassan Nur, Somali elder

The truck bomb started the attack before gunmen stormed the hotel. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack via its online radio station, Andalus. The group has been ousted from most of its main strongholds but still regularly carries out deadly guerrilla attacks in southern and central Africa. 

Here's another look at the devastation from the bombing and gunfight. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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