Deadly al-Shabab attack on Mogadishu hotel

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An attack by the Islamist group al-Shabab on a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has left at least five dead, police say.

A vehicle bomb was detonated at the gates of the Naso-Hablod hotel before armed men entered the building, officials said.

The men then fired on people and reportedly took hostages.

Al-Shabab militants frequently carry out attacks in the city in their bid to topple the Western-backed government.

A spokesman for the group told Reuters news agency that it had attacked the hotel “frequented by the apostate government members”.

The Naso-Hablod, in southern Mogadishu, is often used by politicians and tourists.

It is not known how many gunmen entered the hotel, nor how many guests were inside.

The number and identities of those killed is not clear.

Earlier this month at least 10 people were killed and 50 injured in an attack on another hotel in the Somali capital, which was claimed by al-Shabab.

Source: BBC