Several killed in bomb, gun attack on Somalia hotel

A general view shows people at the scene of a suicide car explosion at a check point near Somali Parliament building in Mogadishu Somalia

A general view shows people at the scene of a suicide car explosion at a check point near Somali Parliament building in Mogadishu Somalia

According to the organziation, Nalayeh had recently returned to Somalia after living in Canada for years "to help showcase Somalia's peaceful transformation".

Nalayeh, a resident of Vaughan, Ont., is the founder of Integration TV, a weekly television show that aired on OMNI TV and shared inspiring and uplifting stories of the Somali community from both inside Somalia and in the larger diaspora.

Ms. Nalayeh's husband, Farid Jama Suleiman, was also killed in the attack, said Hassan Gesey, director of Mogadishu-based Radio Dalsan in an interview with The Globe and Mail. "We have not confirmed the death toll, but there were many people inside, and there may be a high death toll", police captain Abdullahi Isak told Reuters by phone.

Somali-Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh was killed in an attack on a hotel in Somalia on Friday.

The area's legislators and local elders were discussing an upcoming local election in the hotel, according to the officials.

Armed group al-Shabab, which is believed to be linked to al-Qaeda and is trying to topple the Somali government, said it carried out the suicide attack. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. It added that consular officials in Nairobi are in contact with local authorities to gather information.

She also had a considerable YouTube audience for her show, Integration TV, which promoted heartening stories within the Somali community, both in Canada and overseas.

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An explosion took place at a time when local elders were meeting with lawmakers, a Somali police officer has said as quoted by Reuters.

Though she focused on optimistic stories about her community, last week, Ms. Nalayeh reflected on the struggles facing her native Somalia.

Nalayeh, a mother of two boys, was born in Somalia and spent the majority of her life in Canada, where she developed her career as a journalist. After living in Edmonton, the family moved to Toronto in 1992.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she is sad and shocked to hear about her death.

Ms. Nalayeh had been documenting her stay in the southern coastal town over her social-media accounts, including Twitter and Facebook.

"I admired her so much for her work, and I'm still proud of her for giving back to the Somali community", she said.

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