Somali hotels under attack: reports

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Somali police hold their weapons as they walk outside the Maka Al-Mukarama hotel during an Islamist group al Shabaab attack in the capital Mogadishu, March 27, 2015

Somali police hold their weapons as they walk outside the Maka Al-Mukarama hotel during an Islamist group al Shabaab attack in the capital Mogadishu, March 27, 2015

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Somali police hold their weapons as they walk outside the Maka Al-Mukarama hotel during an Islamist group al Shabaab attack in the capital Mogadishu, March 27, 2015

Somali police hold their weapons as they walk outside the Maka Al-Mukarama hotel during an Islamist group al Shabaab attack in the capital Mogadishu, March 27, 2015

• Editor&39;s note: This is a developing story. We will bring you updates as more information becomes available.

 

MOGADISHU - Somalia&39;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&39;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.