Several are feared dead after armed men stormed a hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday, August 16.
According to reports, more than 30 have been wounded after suspected Al-Shabaab militants stormed Elite Hotel.
According to a police officer and an eyewitness, a car bomb exploded in front of the hotel, reports say five people are dead.
Police confirmed that a suicide bomber had detonated a car at the entrance of the hotel before the armed men stormed in.
Authorities fear the gunmen could be holding hostages inside the hotel.
A Somali government official is among those killed during the Sunday attack.
Abdirasak Abdi, the regional director of Ministry of Information of the Federal Government of Somalia was confirmed dead after the deadly attack.
Elite Hotel which is located at the edge of Lido beach, is frequented by senior Somali government officials.
Militant group al-Shabaab, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the Mogadishu attack.
According to Halgan Media, the Elite Hotel in Mogadishu is owned by Abdullahi Ahmed Nuur. Abdullahi an MP the Somali Parliament and closely linked to the former ruling Junta of ex-president Hassan Sheekh Mohamud.
Somalia Information Ministry Spokesman quoted by Washington Post confirmed death the government official.
“We lost one of our colleagues, named Abdirizak Abdi. The blast was huge and followed by a gunshots, and we are still collecting more information.” said Ismail Omar, the ministry spokesman.
Omar also revealed there were four attackers, adding that two were killed at the hotel’s gate and two remained inside, armed with automatic rifles.