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Al-Shabab claims responsibility for Somali hotel attack

A general view shows Somali policemen holding their position during an exchange of fire with Islamist al Shabaab gunmen outside a Sahafi hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, November 1, 2015.  Two bombs ripped into a hotel in the Somali capital on Sunday and security forces fought Islamist al Shabaab gunmen who stormed inside the building for hours afterwards, police and witnesses said. At least 11 people were killed. Al Shabaab, which has frequently launched attacks in Mogadishu in its bid to topple the Western-backed government, said it was behind the assault on the Sahafi hotel where government officials and lawmakers stay. REUTERS/Feisal Omar - RTX1U7NC
A general view shows Somali policemen holding their position during an exchange of fire with Islamist al Shabaab gunmen outside a Sahafi hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, November 1, 2015. Two bombs ripped into a hotel in the Somali capital on Sunday and security forces fought Islamist al Shabaab gunmen who stormed inside the building for hours afterwards, police and witnesses said. At least 11 people were killed. Al Shabaab, which has frequently launched attacks in Mogadishu in its bid to topple the Western-backed government, said it was behind the assault on the Sahafi hotel where government officials and lawmakers stay. REUTERS/Feisal Omar - RTX1U7NC

Mogadishu, Nov. 1: Islamic militant organisation Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack on Sahafi Hotel in Somali’s capital Mogadishu, where a hostage situation is underway.

At least 11 people, including the owner of the hotel, a lawmaker and a former military general, have been killed in the attack, Reuters reported.

African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), which have been assisting the Somali troops in a fight against the Al-Shabab militants in the country, are also present at the scene, fighting the militants.

“The troops were still mopping (up) floor by floor,”said an AMISOM spokesperson.

Earlier today, two car bombs went off at the main gate of the hotel, following which the attackers stormed into the building, exchanging gunfire with the security guards. (ANI)