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The attackers exploded a car at the hotel gate before a gun battle erupted

The hotel is frequented by Somali government officials, lawmakers and security officers

Mogadishu, Somalia CNN  — 

Gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday after detonating a car filled with explosives at the hotel gate – an attack that has left at least 15 people dead and 25 others injured, police said.