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Three Somalia Government Ministers Killed in Suicide Blast

At least 19 people, including three Somalia government ministers, were killed when a suicide bomber disguised as a woman detonated an explosive at a graduation ceremony being held at the Shamo hotel in Mogadishu. The officials killed in the bombing were the Health Minister Qamar Aden Ali, the Education Minister Ahmed Abdulahi Waayeel, and the Higher Education Minister Ibrahim Hassan Addow. Students and journalists were also among the dead.

The Shamo hotel, located near the Indian Ocean, is in one of the few areas of Mogadishu controlled by the government. Much of the rest of the country, particularly the southwest, is controlled by radical Islamists. The administration of Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmad has come under regular attack from the al-Shabaab militant group, an Islamic militia that is accused by the United States of being a proxy of al-Qaeda. For more information see: Suicide bomber kills three Somali government ministers; Somalia ministers killed by hotel suicide bomb.

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