The Somali capital of Mogadishu was the scene of a deadly terrorist incident on Wednesday evening where 19 people were killed in a car bomb and subsequent hostage-taking attack.

Police have reported that a terrorist drove a car bomb into the Posh Hotel in the capital and then gunmen took more than 20 people hostage in an adjacent restaurant until security forces could move in and neutralize the threat to the hostages.

District police chief Abdi Bashir told Reuters Somali security forces took back control of the restaurant at midnight after the gunmen had held hostages inside for several hours. Five of the gunmen were killed, Bashir said.

“We are in control of the hotel but it was mostly destroyed by the suicide bomber,” he told Reuters by phone.