More than ten people, including government officials, were killed and over 30 inured in an attack on a hotel in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu by gunmen, news website Somali Guardian reported.
According to the news website, the gunmen staged a car blast to pave the way into Elite Hotel, which is located on one of the country's popular beaches, Lido, and then stormed the building.
The newspaper reported that 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.
A blast followed by gunfire was heard outside the Elite Hotel in Lido Beach area earlier on Sunday.
A video of the suspected blast has emerged online.
#AHORA 🚨 #Mogadiscio: disparos y explosión de un coche bomba en el Hotel Elite, situado junto a Lido Beach.— eSPAINews (@eSPAINews) August 16, 2020
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According to NewsBlog, 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, Somali Guardian says.
Somalia has been engulfed in violence since the eruption of a civil war between clan-based armed groups in the early 1990s. The situation has been further complicated by Al-Shabaab militants, who are staging numerous attacks across the country in an attempt to impose a radical version of Sharia law in the country.