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Hotel attack in Somali capital kills at least 2, police say

  • Somali men carry a wounded civilian who was injured in a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The attack took place on the Ambassador hotel, which is often frequented by government officials and business executives. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Somali men carry a wounded civilian who was injured in a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The attack took place on the Ambassador hotel, which is often frequented by government officials and business executives. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Somali men gather around a dead civilian who was killed in a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The attack took place on the Ambassador hotel, which is often frequented by government officials and business executives. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Somali men gather around a dead civilian who was killed in a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The attack took place on the Ambassador hotel, which is often frequented by government officials and business executives. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • The scene of a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The attack took place on the Ambassador hotel, which is often frequented by government officials and business executives. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    The scene of a bomb attack on an hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The attack took place on the Ambassador hotel, which is often frequented by government officials and business executives. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

A police official says an Islamic extremist attacke on a hotel in the Somali capital has killed at least two people. Somalia's rebel group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the attack Wednesday evening on the Ambassador Hotel is continuing. The Mogadishu hotel is frequented by government officials and business executives.

The attack began when an explosives-laden vehicle was detonated by a suicide bomber at the gates of the hotel. Fighters on foot then tried to force their way into the hotel.

The attack comes on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, during which extremists have in the past stepped up attacks in this volatile country in East Africa.