At least 15 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suicide attack claimed by al-Shabab on a hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, officials say.
A car bomb exploded at the main gate of the Sahafi Hotel early on November 1, with attackers then storming the hotel as they exchanged gunfire with security guards, police say.
A suicide bomber detonated a second set of explosives inside the hotel.
African Union troops and government forces say they have regained control of the hotel after a fierce gun battle.
The Sahafi Hotel is popular with Somalia’s members of parliament.
Those killed in the attack included parliamentarian Mohamed Abdi Abtidoon and a freelance photographer.
Several prominent people were among the injured, including a journalist and a local businessman.
Medical sources confirmed that a top Somali military commander, General Gacma Duule, and Somalia’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Abdisalam Haji Adam, were also injured.
The attack comes a day after deadly clashes between jihadist fighters and African Union (AU) troops in the Bakool region near the border with Ethiopia.
The AU is helping the government battle al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda.
Security in Somalia has improved, but al-Shabab still attacks Mogadishu regularly.
The militants have also targeted neighboring countries, killing almost 150 people in an assault on Garissa University College in Kenya in April.