At least 10 people have been killed and 25 others injured in an attack by Al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said on Wednesday.
A car bomb was set off by a suicide bomber at the gate of the Ambassador Hotel, after which other gunmen moved in.
Speaking to Xinhua, Mohamed Farah who is a police officer said that they could confirm that at least 10 civilians were killed in the blast while 25 others were injured.
Witnesses said they heard a huge blast followed by heavy gunfire from the hotel.
Local residents said troops were trying to rescue possible hostages in the hotel.
Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Ambassador Hotel on the busy Makka Al-mukarram street is frequented by government officials.