Militants have stormed a hotel in the centre of the Somali capital Mogadishu, in an attack claimed by the al-Shabab group in a message to the British newschannel.
Militants detonated a car bomb outside the heavily fortified Somali Youth League hotel before moving inside.
An explosion also targeted a popular park known as the Peace Garden. One unconfirmed report speaks of as many as 12 people being killed.
Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, is waging an armed insurgency in Somalia.