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Somalia's deputy prime minister injured in Mogadishu attack

An attack on a hotel near Somalia's presidential palace on Friday, has killed at least 11 people and injured the deputy prime minister.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on the Central Hotel, which was hit by two car bombs and stormed by heavily armed fighters and suicide bombers.

The death toll could be as many as 20 people, with reports of the attack still emerging. Amongst those reportedly killed is the deputy mayor of Mogadishu, with several other high ranking government officials present at the hotel when it was attacked. Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Arte is currently in hospital.

Police Major Nur Mohamed told Reuters,

"There were ministers and legislators inside the hotel. I have seen many people with injuries, including a lawmaker."

See more from the Guardian here, BBC here and Al Jazeera here.

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