People stand near debris at the scene of an explosion at the gate of Siyad hotel after Friday night's attack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, July 11, 2015. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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Somalia's government said Saturday that 12 Shabab militants were killed in Friday evening's raids on two heavily-fortified Mogadishu hotels.Shabab insurgents have carried out repeated attacks in the area, and messages posted on websites close to the Al-Qaeda-linked group said the Islamists claimed responsiblity for the hotel raids.The Islamic militants have stepped up their attacks during Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan, and the Friday raids came as people settled down to break their daylight fast.The Shabab is fighting to overthrow Somalia's internationally-backed government which is propped up and protected by a 22,000-strong African Union force, AMISOM.Somalia's defence minister, Abdukadir Sheik Ali Dini, said the Shabab would be defeated.
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