At least 15 people have been killed, and several others wounded, following an attack, by al-Shabaab militants, on a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Somalia’s al-Shabaab Islamist group launched a suicide bomb attack on a hotel in the center of Mogadishu on Saturday before fighters stormed inside, police and the militant group said.
Police said at least 15 people had died, including guards at the site, civilians and militants. Several others were wounded in the attack.
Gunfire had echoed round the seaside capital after the blast and ambulances raced to the scene. Police later said fighting had ended but they were searching the site for militants.
“We attacked the hotel which was frequented by the apostate government members,” al-Shabaab military operations spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters. He said at least 20 guards and civilians were killed.
Al-Shabaab, which frequently carries out attacks in the capital in its bid to topple the Western-backed government, often gives casualty numbers that are higher than figures announced by officials.