At least 10 people, including two journalists, were killed in an extremist attack today on a hotel in the port city of Kismayo, a Somali official said.

Abdi Ahmed, a local district official, told The Associated Press the death toll may rise as fighting continued inside the Asasey Hotel between the extremist gunmen and security forces. He said gunfire is continuing inside the hotel.

He said most of the victims were patrons of the hotel, which is often frequented by lawmakers and local officials. He said the victims include two journalists.

The attack started with a suicide car bomb blast and then gunmen stormed into the hotel.

Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamic rebels have claimed responsibility.

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