Nine people, including three security forces, were killedand ten wounded in an attack on a luxury restaurant inside a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu early Friday. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on the Pearl Restaurant.
According to the state news agency, Somalia's security forces cordoned off the area, conducted an operation and took control of the situation.
Somali security forces have rescued more than 84 people, police said on Saturday.
"The Mujahideen managed to enter the Pearl beach and are still fully in control," Al Shabaab said in a statement, claiming responsibility for the attack.
In November last year, the group, which controls swathes of the country, attacked another hotel in Mogadishu, killing nine people, Reuters reported.
Al Shabaab once controlled a vast area of Somalia before being pushed back in government counteroffensives since last year. However, the militants remain capable of launching significant attacks on government, commercial, and military targets.