Islamist gunmen storm inside Somali hotel, shots heard: police

MOGADISHU: Islamist gunmen fought their way into a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, trapping government officials inside, police said.

The Somali Islamist militant group Al Shabaab did not make any immediate comment but has regularly attacked hotels before.

“Al Shabaab fighters are on the top of the building and inside the hotel,” Major Ismail Olow , a police officer, told Reuters. “Some government officials are inside the hotel.”