Somalia: Dozens killed in twin bomb attack on Mogadishu hotel
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Somali authorities said the death toll from Friday’s attack on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayo rose to 33. Jubaland regional administration president Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe said another 56 were injured.
He that among the victims of the attack were two journalists, a presidential candidate noted in the upcoming regional elections and an employee of the UN agency.
“Among the dead are Kenyan citizens, Americans, British, Tanzanians and Canadian,” he said..
The secretary general of the Federation of Somali Journalists, Mohammed Ibrahim Moalimuu, said that among the dead journalists was 43-year-old Khodan Nalaye, a Somali-born Canadian who founded the Integration TV online channel. Her husband, politician Jama Farid, was also killed in the attack..
The attack on Friday night began with a car bomb exploding in front of the Asasey Hotel, a popular meeting point for regional officials and foreigners.. After that, the militants rushed inside and opened fire. At this moment, the hotel hosted a meeting of regional politicians and clan elders who discussed the upcoming elections.
It took security forces more than seven hours to end the siege of the hotel. The militants were cornered and eventually killed. Islamist group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for attack.
The attack in Kismayo, 485 kilometers from Mogadishu, occurred in preparation for regional elections. The port city of Kismayo was once an important stronghold for Al-Shabab fighters.
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