A suicide bomber has attacked a popular hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, with his explosives-laden car, according to government officials.
The African Union mission to Somalia, confirmed to Al Jazeera that there had been an explosion and gunfire at the Makka al-Mukarama hotel on Friday.
A Somali police official said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at the gate of the hotel.
It is believed that several government officials were trapped inside the building.
Officers blamed al-Shabab for the attack.
“Al-Shabab fighters are on the top of the building and inside the hotel. Some government officials are inside the hotel,” Major Ismail Olow, a police officer, said.