MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least seven people were killed in an Al Shabaab gun attack on a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The attack started with shooting after gunmen sprayed bullets at hotel guards and then stormed inside the building, a survivor said.
He says the attackers wearing security uniforms started randomly shooting on their way to the inside compound.
Somali police say seven people, including 5 attackers were killed in the assault.
The police say the death toll could likely rise.
Somali armed group al Shabab claimed the responsibility for the attack.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.