The al-Qaeda-allied al-Shabab militant group has claimed responsibility for a complex attack on a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The militants said they had detonated explosives and then stormed Hayat Hotel, which is a place sometimes visited by Somali government officials.
In a statement, the group claimed to be in control of the hotel and said it was shooting everyone.
Private local media sources said several explosions involving suicide bombers and heavy gunfire were heard.
Somali government security forces are reportedly exchanging gunfire with the gunmen.
The Somali security forces have not yet commented on the incident.END.