Security forces were seen surrounding the area, where cars are inspected en route to the airport and where politicians regularly gather at the hotel.
At least 15 people were killed and over 20 injured in a suicide bombing claimed by Al Shabaab militants in Somalia's semi autonomous state of Galmudug ahead of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble's address to a rally.
Nabil al Kurd is one of the Palestinians under threat of eviction from their homes, as an Israeli court decides to demolish the properties they built in two districts of the occupied East Jerusalem to expand Jewish settlement.
Attacker blows himself up in an ice-cream parlour in capital Mogadishu, killing six people and wounding eight others, officials say.
Suicide bomber blows himself up in a restaurant near a police academy in the capital Mogadishu, killing at least five people and wounding 10 others, police say.
With the world distracted, Mozambique is facing a growing humanitarian crisis.
As Trump considers withdrawing US troops from Somalia, Somali analysts believe this is dangerous rhetoric which has more to do with domestic politics than security in Somalia and the wider region.
Al Shabaab has turned into a shadow state and the Somali government, the United Nations and the international community need to reorient their focus.
Gunmen stormed the Elite Hotel in Lido beach after a car bomb went off outside.
The Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab group quickly claimed responsibility via its radio arm, Andalus.
In Mogadishu, thick smoke billowed over the port area after police Colonel Ahmed Ali said the car bomber detonated near the gates of the motor vehicle imports duty authority headquarters.
"The initial information we have received indicates the dead bodies of five people were collected from the scene of the blast and more than twenty others have been wounded," police officer Mohamed Muktar said.
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