The Somali government has fired two top security officials after twin blasts blasts and a siege left at least 27 people dead yesterday.

The Islamist militant group Al-Shabab said it carried out the bombings.

The siege started yesterday afternoon after a car bomb was driven into the Nasahablod 2 Hotel.

A few minutes later, a second car bomb targeted the former parliament house nearby.

Sporadic gunfire continued inside the hotel throughout the night, witnesses said.

Provincial leaders, police and intelligence officials were gathering for a meeting with the government to agree on a joint strategy against Al-Shabab, due to take place today.