A police officer says at least two people are dead and more than eight others are wounded after a suspected suicide vehicle bomb detonated outside a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.
Police have said more than 20 people, including government officials, are thought to be trapped inside.
A taxi driver at the scene told AFP he saw four bodies being carried away, while another witness called Yusuf Moalim said a senior police official appeared to be among the victims, whose auto had been near the hotel entrance when the blast occurred.
Farmajo was scheduled to meet the presidents of the Somalia's five federal republics at the hotel later in the evening, he said.
Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack that began with a suicide auto bomb exploding outside the hotel gate.
A third blast occurred when an attacker detonated a suicide vest. It is frequented by politicians and other members of Mogadishu's elite.
A huge cloud of smoke rose over the scene and a Reuters witness saw over a dozen wrecked cars and bloodstains in front of the hotel.
"A auto loaded with explosives went off at the entrance of Nasa Hablod Hotel and there is gunfire", police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP, saying there was also "a minibus loaded with explosives which went off a nearby intersection".
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The al-Shabab extremist group has quickly claimed responsibility for the suicide vehicle bomb that detonated outside the Nasa-Hablod hotel, which is frequented by politicians and other members of Mogadishu's elite.
The Al-Qaeda affiliated Shabaab claimed Saturday's bombings in a statement on its Andalus radio statin, saying its fighters had forced their way into the hotel.
The al-Shabab extremist group has quickly claimed responsibility for a suicide vehicle bomb that detonated outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital.
Initial reports say at least 10 people were killed in the first explosion and 6 others were injured.
The police personnel who died had been stationed close to hotel's gate.
A truck bomb detonated outside a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, minutes before gunmen on foot stormed the building on Saturday afternoon, killing at least 19 people and wounding at least 15 others, state media reported.
"The Mujahedeen fighters are inside Nasa Hablod 2 hotel where... apostate officials are staying", it said. The violent group often targets high-profile areas of Mogadishu.