Somalia: blast, armed attack leaves 10 dead

Lester Mason
July 13, 2019

A bomb and gun attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants on a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayo left several people dead on Friday, security forces and witnesses said. Officials said the death toll could rise as fighting continues between hotel security and the extremist gunmen.

According to security officials a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the hotel.

He said most of the victims were patrons of the hotel, which is often frequented by lawmakers and local officials.

The latest information emerging from a hotel which the Al Qaeda-linked, Al Shabaab militants raided late afternoon in the coastal Somalia city of Kismayu disclose that the death toll is rising but can not be factually reported up to this moment as fighting for supremacy for the hotel grounds is still on.

"First we targeted [the hotel] with a suicide automobile bomb after which armed Mujahideen stormed the hotel".

A journalists' group said it had confirmed two reporters among the dead. Native elders and lawmakers were having a gathering there.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operation spokesman, said the militant group was behind the attack and that fighting was still going on.

Residents said the hotel recently hosted the delegates for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Jubaland. "We control the hotel now".

"The blast rocked the popular Medina hotel formerly known as Cascasey which is located in downtown Kismayo", said Mohamed.

Nur became as soon as relating to elections within the metropolis due one day in August.

"Hodan worked so hard to just get positive stories out there, and change the perspectives on her own community", said Michelle-Andrea Girouard, a documentary filmmaker in Toronto who produced video segments for Ms. Nalayeh's show.

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

In 2011, they fled positions they once held in Mogadishu, and have since lost many strongholds.

Outside of Kismayo, al-Shabaab still controls parts of Jubbaland, a region in southern Somalia.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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