Mogadishu: At least 10 people were killed in a terror attack in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday. Locals said that they heard one large explosion followed by gunfire near the Ambassador hotel.

Huge smoke could be seen rising from the hotel building. The al-Qaeda linked terrorist outfit al-Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency said Special Forces had concluded rescue operations.

The hotel is in the heart of the city and is close to the presidential palace also.