At least 10 people, including two journalists, were killed in an extremist attack on Friday on a hotel in the port city of Kismayo, a Somali official said.
The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, linked to Qaeda, said it had carried out a suicide attack.
“A blast occurred in Hotel Asasey in the heart of Kismayo, followed by gunfire. Local elders andlawmakers were having a meeting there. It is too early to know if there are any casualties,” Major Mohamed Abdi, a police officer, told Reuters from Kismayu.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, said the group was behind the attack and fighting was still going on.