Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

At least 10 killed in bomb, gun attack on Somalia hotel

At least 10 killed in bomb, gun attack on Somalia hotel

She said Nalayeh was thrilled about the foundation and wanted to help gather sports equipment to give to kids in Kismayo, Somalia.

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Two journalists were among the dead: Somali-Canadian Hodan Naleyah, the founder of Integration TV, and Mohamed Sahal Omar, a reporter for SBC TV in Kismayo, while Naleyah's husband Jama Fariid was also killed, the Jubbaland president said.

Destructed materials scatter Medina hotel in the southern port town of Kismayo after Al-Shabab militants attacked the hotel, killing more than 26 and wounding 56 others. "It is too early to know if there are any casualties", Major Mohamed Abdi, a police officer, told Reuters from Kismayu.

The militant group, which is allied to al Qaeda, often uses auto bombs to infiltrate heavily fortified targets like the hotel in Kismayo, which has been relatively quiet in recent years.

The radical group Al Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack that began Friday when a group of its fighters detonated a vehicle bomb and then stormed the Asasey hotel, where they remained until this morning.

The Somalia office of the U.N. International Organisation for Migration said local staff member Abdifatah Mohamed was killed.

The US Mission to Somalia condemned the attack and said it would "continue to work with our Somali and other worldwide partners in the fight against violent extremism". "The four attackers were shot dead", he said.

"Just terrible news", Canadian journalist Jesse Brown said.

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Hussein Nur, a shopkeeper in Kismayo, said: "There were many people including officials and elders, mostly from one clan, who were discussing the coming Kismayo election".

Nalayeh's reporting often profiled trailblazing Somalis and people with heartwarming stories, such as a group of female entrepreneurs or a single mother of five who adopted a toddler.

"We lost somebody who wanted a future for us that was reimagined into a healthy image of us", said the Somali visual storyteller based in Toronto.

Nur was referring to elections in the city due sometime in August.

State-run Somali National News Agency said in a statement Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire had condemned the attack.

It was driven out of Kismayu in 2012.

Located about 500km south of the capital Mogadishu, Kismayu is the commercial capital of Jubbaland.

The group still stages attacks against Somali and African Union peacekeeping forces, targeting bases, hotels and other public places despite intensified operations from forces allied to the country's internationally recognised government.

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