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The armed group was forced out of the capital and other major urban areas by Somali and African Union multinational forces in 2011, but continues to carry out deadly bombings and attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.
Parliament speaker Mohamed Mursal said the attackers deliberately targeted civilians.
"Gunfire killed several people, too".
Police official Ibrahim Mohamed said information received from various hospitals indicated that the number of dead had reached 41, with another 106 wounded.
"I saw nine dead bodies along the road and they were civilians, some of them riding on rickshaws when the blasts occurred".
Another security official, Abdirahman Osman, told AFP that almost 50 had been confirmed dead so far, although the final number was not yet known. "The death toll is sure to rise", Ali Nur, a police officer in the city, told Reuters. "Abdifatah Abdirashid, the hotel owner, and three of his bodyguards died", Abdiqani said.
A witness told Voice of America the front of the hotel building was destroyed in the attack.
"Two martyrdom operations and a special forces attack on the Sahafi hotel in the center of Mogadishu, where government officers and officials reside, which was adopted by Shabaab", the group's short statement reads.
But they still control parts of the countryside and attack the government, military, and civilian targets, seemingly at will, in Mogadishu and regional towns.