At least 21 dead in Somalia hotel siege, many hostages freed – officials
22 August 2022 | 1:29 pm
Security forces have ended a siege by al Qaeda-linked militants at a hotel in Somalia's capital in which more than 20 people were killed and dozens injured, authorities said on Sunday.
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