Militant Islamists in Somalia have been involved in a gun battle with security forces at a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu.
Al-Shabab said it was behind the attack at the Afrik Hotel, which began with a car bomb on Sunday afternoon.
It is not yet confirmed how many casualties there are, but the AFP news agency reported at least three deaths.
The group, which is linked to al-Qaeda, regularly carries out attacks against the government.
A car hit the hotel’s front entrance and detonated before gunmen stormed the building, according to officials and others at the scene. END