A popular hotel in the Somali capital has come under attack. An explosion was heard, followed by gunfire at the building, where government officials were staying.
A huge blast and gunfire were heard at a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, police said.
According to the news agency AFP, a car bomb was detonated, killing at least one person.
Islamist fighters then began firing on the building. Reuters news agency further reported that they had successfully entered the premises.
"Al-Shabab fighters are on the top of the building and inside the hotel," a police officer, told Reuters. "Some government officials are inside the hotel."
No group has officially claimed responsibility for the bombing yet.
Central Mogadishu has been a frequent target of Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants.
Al-Shabab has regularly attacked hotels in the country before as part of their fight against the country's internationally-backed government and African Union forces supporting it.
ra/kms (Reuters, AFP)