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Somalia: Gunmen storm hotel in capital after car bomb

  • Somalis walk near a hotel heavily damaged by a car bomb blast in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017. Gunmen from Somalia's violent Islamic extremist rebels fought their way into a hotel in the Somali capital after a suicide car bomb exploded at its gates, a police officer said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Somalis walk near a hotel heavily damaged by a car bomb blast in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017. Gunmen from Somalia's violent Islamic extremist rebels fought their way into a hotel in the Somali capital after a suicide car bomb exploded at its gates, a police officer said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Somalis crowd at a hotel heavily damaged by a car bomb blast in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017. Gunmen from Somalia's violent Islamic extremist rebels fought their way into a hotel in the Somali capital after a suicide car bomb exploded at its gates, a police officer said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Somalis crowd at a hotel heavily damaged by a car bomb blast in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017. Gunmen from Somalia's violent Islamic extremist rebels fought their way into a hotel in the Somali capital after a suicide car bomb exploded at its gates, a police officer said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Somali men carry a civilian who was wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Gunmen from Somalia's violent Islamic extremist rebels fought their way into a hotel in the Somali capital after a suicide car bomb exploded at its gates, a police officer said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Somali men carry a civilian who was wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Gunmen from Somalia's violent Islamic extremist rebels fought their way into a hotel in the Somali capital after a suicide car bomb exploded at its gates, a police officer said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)  (The Associated Press)

A Somali police officer says gunmen have fought their way into a hotel in the Somali capital after a suicide car bombing at its gates.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said Wednesday that dozens of people, including lawmakers, are thought to have been staying at Mogadishu's Dayah hotel at the time of the morning attack.

He says heavy gunfire can still be heard inside the hotel. He has no immediate information about casualties.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab often carries out such assaults.

Despite being ousted from most of their key strongholds, the group continues to carry out deadly guerrilla attacks across large parts of south and central Somalia.