Nine people, including three soldiers, were killed in an extremist attack on a beachfront hotel in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, according to the police. The assault started on Friday evening and lasted into early Saturday morning. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaida offshoot in East Africa, took credit for the attack. In the past, the organization has attacked hotels and other prominent buildings in Mogadishu, frequently starting the operations with suicide bombs.
Some others were stranded at the Pearl Beach hotel, a favorite of government officials, during the attack. The hotel is situated in the well-known Lido Beach neighborhood of Mogadishu. A total of 84 people were saved, while 10 more people were hurt.