Al-Shabab gunmen have attacked a hotel near the presidential palace in Somalia’s capital, according to police and the armed group.
Fighting was still ongoing following Tuesday’s attack on SYL hotel in Mogadishu. Authorities have not yet released any casualty figures.
“We thought they were police but they started hurling grenades and firing us when they neared and so we exchanged fire at the gate of the hotel,” a police officer who gave his name as Ahmed told Reuters news agency.
Abdi-Aziz Abu Mus’ab, al-Shabab’s military spokesman, confirmed the group was behind the attack and said its fighters were inside the compound of the hotel, which is popular with government officials and politicians.
Al-Shabab was ejected from Mogadishu in 2011 and has since been driven from most of its other strongholds.
However, it still carries out frequent attacks across Somalia, as well as in neighbouring Kenya, whose soldiers form part of an African Union-mandated peacekeeping force that helps defend the Somali government.
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