TERROISTS have stormed a beach hotel in Mogadishu with guns and bombs that has left nine people dead and ten others seriously injured.
The horror siege lasted 12 hours and began on Friday night in the Somalian capital, cops said.
More than 84 people have been rescued including children, women and elders.
Local media said seven militants were involved in the ruthless assault.
Pictures showed the beachside resort turned to rubble.
As a result of the blast, the hotel windows were seen blown out and nearby vehicles crumpled as bystanders looked on in horror.
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Al-Qaedas East Africa affiliate, al-Shabab, have claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Somalia-based terrorist group has previously carried out attacks on hotels and other high-profile locations in Mogadishu.
According to authorities, Somalia Security forces contained the deadly attack at about 2am today.
News agency SNTV claimed the security forces "killed" the Al-Shabaab militants that carried out "the desperate terrorist attack on the Pearl Beach".
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Witnesses told the Associated Press some people were trapped inside the Pearl Beach hotel.
The resort is reportedly popular with government officials.
Local Abdulle Ali went to the scene to look for a missing relative and witnessed the terrifying ordeal.
The man told AP he saw four bodies being put into an ambulance, who appeared to be civilians.
Another witness, Hussein Mohamed, told Reuters he was working at restaurant nearby when he heard a blast followed by gunfire.
"The whole area is cordoned off by security forces," he said.
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