A suicide car bomb exploded outside a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital on Saturday, killing at least two people and wounding more than eight, while gunfire could be heard inside, police said. A second blast was heard in the area minutes later, AP reports.

Huge blast was heard and smoke seen billowing is Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Saturday.

According to CGTN Africa’s correspondent the smoke is seen coming not far from the Presidential Palace in.

Major Abdullahi Aden, a police officer told Reuters the car bomb exploded at the gate of Nasahablod Two hotel.

“They are fighting inside. So far we do not have casualty figures,” he said.