PHOTOS: Dozens killed in deadly Somalia hotel siege

A view of Asasey Hotel after an attack, in Kismayo, Somalia, Saturday July 13, 2019.(AP Photo)

Islamic extremists blew up the gate of a Somali hotel with a car bomb and took over the building for more than 14 hours, leaving over two dozen people dead before Somali forces who besieged the hotel overnight killed the attackers.

Three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Americans and a Briton also were among the dead, said Ahmed Madobe, the president of Jubbaland regional state which controls Kismayo.

At least four al-Shabab assailants attacked the Asasey Hotel Friday evening, beginning with a suicide car bomb at the entrance gate and followed by an assault by gunmen who stormed the hotel, which is frequented by politicians, patrons and lawmakers. (AP)

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A view taken on July 13, 2019 shows the rubbles of the popular Medina hotel of Kismayo. A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the Medina hotel in the port town of Kismayo before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting as they went, authorities said. (Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)
A man passes in front of the rubbles of the popular Medina hotel of Kismayo on July 13, 2019, a day after dozens were killed and over 50 people injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants. (Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of Asasey Hotel after an attack, in Kismayo , Somalia, Saturday July 13, 2019. (AP Photo)
A man passes in front of the rubbles of the popular Medina hotel of Kismayo on July 13, 2019. (Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of Asasey Hotel after an attack, in Kismayo, Somalia, Saturday July 13, 2019. (AP Photo)
A view of area outside the Asasey Hotel after an attack, in Kismayo, Somalia, Saturday July 13, 2019. (AP Photo)
A view of a car destroyed during an attack at the Asasey Hotel, in Kismayo, Somalia, Saturday July 13, 2019. (AP Photo)

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