At least 29 people have lost their lives  after a suicide car bombing attack in Mogadishu.

The attack took place yesterday evening in the busy Maka Al Mukram street.

According to Reuters, extremist group, Al-Shabaab took responsibility for the attack saying they targeted Hotel Maka Al Mukaram and are still inside according to Alshabaab military spokesman,  Abdiasis Abu Musab.

Police Major Abdullahi Ali however dismissed the claims that the Al-Shabaab group was still inside the hotel.

“So far we know 29 people mostly civilians died and 80 others injured. The militants are still fighting from inside a civilian house adjacent to the hotel… The death toll may rise,” Major Ali told Reuters.