A suicide bomber kills 17 people, including government officials who were killed and over 30 injured.

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Suicide bomber kills 17 people in an attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital Lido Beach Hotel of Mogadishu by gunmen shooting was ongoing inside the hotel, adding that among those injured is Minister of Public Works Ahmed Washington, while former director of tourism for the Ministry of Information was possibly killed. Gunmen entered the hotel and started firing at people, also taking hostages.

Members of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group are believed to be behind the attack, A blast followed by gunfire was heard outside the Elite Hotel in Lido Beach area earlier on Sunday. Security forces were struggling to regain control of the Elite Hotel in the Lido beach area more than an hour after the assault began, and the assailants appeared to have taken hostages, government security official.