At least 26 people have been killed in an attack on a hotel in southern Somalia, including Canadian-Somali TV Jouranlist Hodan Nalayeh, reports say.
According to authorities, a suicide bomber rammed a car containing explosives into the hotel in the port of Kismayo, and gunmen then stormed the building.
A security official said “We have confirmed the death of several people including a former local administration minister and a lawmaker. The toll may increase since the attack is not over yet.”
Regional politicians and clan elders were inside the hotel discussing an upcoming regional election at the time of the attack.
The attack is the latest in a long line of bombing and assaults claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked group.