A Somali police officer says at least 10 people have been killed and more than a dozen others injured in an ongoing siege at a beachside hotel in Somalia's capital where security forces are battling Islamic extremist gunmen who have invaded the building,

Security forces have so far shot dead two of the attackers in the hotel amid fears of hostage crisis inside the complex, said Ismail Mukhtar, spokesman of Somalia's information ministry.

Military vehicles could be seen taking positions around the hotel amid the darkness of night, that officials worry could prolong the siege.

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