Somalia's al Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for an attack on a hotel in Somali's capital which killed at least six people.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters: "We are behind the attack. We targeted government officials in the hotel, this is part of our operation in Mogadishu."
Police confirmed government ministers had been inside the hotel when the attackers set off a suicide car bomb outside the entrance and stormed the building.
Attackers have reportedly stormed a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, after setting off a suicide car bomb outside the building.
Government ministers are believed to have been in the hotel when it was attacked.
Local police captain Farah Abdullahi told Reuters: "We hear gunshots inside. I am afraid the attackers have also gone inside the hotel.
"It is too early to know about casualties."
The United States conducted an air strike in Somalia today, targeting a senior al-Shabaab leader, the country's defence department said.
The US is still assessing the results of the strike and said there was no immediate sign of civilian casualties.
Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab attacked the main African Union (AU) peacekeeping base in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, the group's military spokesman said.
A Reuters photographer near the base said sporadic gunfire could be heard from inside the compound. African Union officials could not be reached for comment.
"Our fighters have entered AU's Halane base by force through the gate and now fighting is going on inside the base," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operation spokesman, told Reuters.
At least six people are dead after a blast in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police have said.
The suspected bomb was in a vehicle parked near a popular hotel on a main thoroughfare running through the city.
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