At least nine people are dead after what police are calling a terrorist attack at a luxury resort in Mogadishu, Somalia, late on Friday.
Six civilians and three police officers were killed and ten others were injured in the attack at the Pearl Beach Hotel, the official Somali National News Agency reported.
Authorities said all seven militants from the Islamist extremist group al-Shabaab involved in the attack were slain.
Witnesses said two men wearing suicide vests detonated explosive devices near the entrance of the resort where hundreds of people had gathered around at 7:55 p.m. local time on Friday, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.
A seven-hour siege ensued as Somali security forces surrounded the site.
Officers said they were able to safely evacuate 84 people, including two children, from the hotel while the attack unfolded.