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MOGADISHU - Somalia's al-Shabaab Islamist militant group said it attacked two hotels in the capital Mogadishu on Friday night.
"Car bombs rammed into the hotels named Wehliya and Siyaad.
"Then our fighters stormed in. Fighting goes on inside both hotels," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's spokesman for military operations, told Reuters.
A suicide car bomb struck a hotel in the middle of Mogadishu on Friday before gunmen entered and started shooting, police said.
"So far we understand they killed four people inside the hotel," said Nur Ali, a police officer, adding fighting was still going on inside.
BREAKING:#Somalia two huge explosion targeted at popular hotel near Somali Presidential Palace, heavy gunfire ongoing.— Mohammed Kahiye (@MKahiye) July 10, 2015