A truck bomb has exploded outside a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, killing 22 people in a heavily secured area close to the presidential palace.
A BBC reporter says politicians are among the injured.
The Islamist al-Shabab group, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda, says it is behind the attack.
The Somali Youth League (SYL) Hotel is a popular meeting place for government officials and has been targeted by militants before.
A security conference was under way at the hotel on Tuesday morning at the time of the blast.