An explosion in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has caused many casualties

Updated at 1:56, February 1, Beijing time

According to Somali state television, armed elements have attacked a hotel in the capital Mogadishu.

At present, the Somali security forces are fighting with the armed elements, and the rescue is still in progress. According to a number of local independent television and radio stations, the extremist group Al Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.

(CCTV reporter Ma Peimin)

Updated at 1:35, February 1, Beijing time

Local media in Somalia say police vehicles arrived at the scene after an attack on a hotel in Somalia. At present, some people, including officers, have been rescued. (CCTV reporter Ma Peimin)

Updated at 0:37, February 1, Beijing time

According to Turkey’s Anadolu news agency, police said that the explosion in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, may have killed and injured many people, but the exact number is unknown. Located near the airport, the hotel often receives security officials and politicians.

An explosion in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has caused many casualties

The picture shows the publicity of afrik Hotel on social media

On the afternoon of January 31 local time, armed elements attacked the hotel, and the police soon arrived at the scene. The rescue is still in progress. Earlier, witnesses said that armed elements entered the hotel. (CCTV reporter Ma Peimin)

An explosion in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has caused many casualties

Updated at 23:41, January 31, Beijing time

Reuters news, the explosion in Somalia is suspected to be a car bomb attack, police said there were casualties, but the specific information is not available. At present, no organization has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Witnesses said that a fast-moving car exploded near the hotel and security checkpoints, and fierce exchanges of fire were heard at the scene. Witnesses also said he suspected that armed elements had entered the hotel. (CCTV reporter Ma Peimin)

Released at 23:10 on January 31, Beijing time

According to Reuters news agency, on January 31 local time, a reporter of the news agency heard the sound of explosion and firefight in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. At present, the situation is unclear.

An explosion in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has caused many casualties

An explosion in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has caused many casualties

The CCTV reporter contacted local people and Dan in Mogadishu. She told reporters that she also heard a huge explosion.

An explosion in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has caused many casualties

According to local media reports, the explosion occurred at 5 p.m. local time, outside the afrik Hotel, near the busy security checkpoint, and smoke was emitted from the scene. (CCTV reporter Ma Peimin)

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