Update: An Al-Shabaab Islamist group suicide bomber carried out an attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, which was followed by militant fighters storming the building, a police official said.
Mogadishu: A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel, followed by gunmen who are fighting their way inside, reported Associated Press.
Capt. Ali Ahmed says the suspected al-Shabab extremist group attackers are trying to storm the Nasa-Hablod hotel near the capital’s busy KM-4 junction.
He says guards are still fighting the attackers inside the hotel.
There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has been waging a deadly insurgency across large parts of Somalia and often carries out such attacks.