Police in Somalia say a car bomb and gun battle in the capital, Mogadishu, have killed more than 20 people.
Forty others were injured by the blast in front of a hotel in the centre of the city.
Exchanges of gunfire continued throughout the night between police and the suspected al-Shabab militants.
They launched their assault on a street lined with hotels, shops and restaurants.
The gunmen took refuge in a nearby building where they were surrounded by soldiers.
Latest reports suggest the gun battle is now over.
Mohamed Moalimuu, a former BBC colleague who is now head of the Somali journalists' association, has been tweeting that he was caught up in the initial attack: