A car bomb went off in a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayu where local elders and lawmakers were meeting, followed by gunfire, a police officer said on Friday July 12th.
The militant group al Shabaab, linked to Qaeda, said it had carried out a suicide attack, Reuters reported.
"A blast occurred in Hotel Asasey in the heart of Kismayu, followed by gunfire. Local elders and lawmakers were having a meeting there. It is too early to know if there are any casualties," Major Mohamed Abdi, a police officer, told Reuters from Kismayu.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operation spokesman, said the group was behind the attack and fighting was still going on.