Suspected suicide car bomb rams hotel in Somali capital - police

There were no immediate reports about casualties and no immediate claim of responsibility.

FILE: Somali government police officers arrive to secure the area of a suicide car bombing near the SYL hotel in Mogadishu on 22 January, 2015. Picture: AFP.

MOGADISHU - A suspected suicide car bomb rammed into the gate of a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday and militants stormed inside, police and witnesses said.

There were no immediate reports about casualties and no immediate claim of responsibility. The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab often carries out attacks in the capital.

"Shooting is taking place. It is too early to know more details," Major Ali Hussein, a police officer at the scene, told Reuters, shortly before a second blast was heard in the area.