Leader of Kenya university attack killed in Somalia: local official

On Wednesday, al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack on the Hotel Ambassador in Somalia's capital city of Mogadishu that killed at least 16 people and injured 55 others.

Omar says at least 17 people - 12 civilians, three security guards and two members of parliament - were killed in or around the hotel.

They said that 20 people had been killed besides the two lawmakers.

Police said two lawmakers were among the dead in the June 1 attack at the Mogadishu hotel, which saw officers storming the building and engaging militants at close range.

Somalia's forces killed Mohamed Dulyadeyn, an al-Shabaab leader who neighboring Kenya believes was the mastermind behind an April 2015 university attack in that country.

A popular hotel in Somalia's capital was attacked by militant group Al-Shabab on Wednesday.

Al-Shabaab is an al-Qaida linked terrorist organization that has conducted numerous terrorist attacks in and around the region.

"We killed 30 apostates, including MPs and soldiers".

The assault came just hours after officials reported an assault elsewhere in Somalia killed the militant commander responsible for last year's massacre at Garissa University College in Kenya.

Earlier on Wednesday at the luxury Ambassador hotel, a vehicle bomb exploded at the gates and al-Shabaab gunmen stormed the building, killing at least 10 people.

Al-Shabaab has been waging an insurgency in Somalia since 2006 in a bid to impose a strict version of Islamic law.

Ahmed Mohamed, a nurse at Madina hospital in Mogadishu, said that six people out of 40 wounded in the attack died from their wounds.

Government forces have blocked off all the main roads near the hotel. "Our mujahideen are on the top floor of the hotel building", Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operation spokesman said.

To help African countries combat al-Shabab, the United States maintains a small presence of roughly 50 troops, likely Special Operations forces, in Somalia that help advise and assist African Union troops stationed there.

"We attacked the hotel with a auto bomb and we went inside".

Al-Shabaab pulled out its fighters from hideouts in the area, following the foreign forces attack. In that attack, four al-Shabaab gunmen killed 148 people, 142 of whom were students, at the school north-east of Nairobi, Kenya. After the blast an unknown number of gunmen then entered the hotel and shooting continued overnight until Thursday morning when Somalia's security minister declared the attack over.

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