Hotel attack leaves at least 10 dead in Somalia

On Friday, in an attack on a hotel in Somalia at least 10 people were killed and dozens injured, according to police.

Police captain Mahad Abdia told that numerous gunmen stormed the heavily fortified in Kismayo in Asasey Hotel around 500 km south of the capital Mogadishu, after detonating a car bomb at the of the entrance. 

Abdia said, Hodan Nalayeh was also there among the victims, she is a prominent Somali-Canadian journalist as well as a YouTube star. She is 43-year-old and was seriously wounded in the attack and died at the hospital of her injuries. Farid, her husband also killed in the attack. 

In a statement published on an affiliated website, terror group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack saying it targeted Jubbaland state ministers, candidates in the hotel and regional and federal lawmakers. 

In a statement on Friday, Somalia’s Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khayre, condemned that ‘the brutal attack’ and to the relatives of the victims sent condolences. 

According to a statement by the National Union of Somali Journalists, one more journalist, Mohamed Sahal Omar, was killed while trying to cover the attack. He was 35-year-old and working for the Puntland-based SBC (Somali Broadcasting Corporation). 

NUSOJ Secretary General, Omar Faruk Osman said, we mourn the ridiculous deaths of our two colleagues, Hodan Nalayeh and Mohamed Sahal and who were both killed in a cowardly and absurd terrorist attack. 

Kismayo, the Somali town was once considered an Al-Shabaab monopoly. Prompting the return of least 1,000 families, it was recaptured in the year 2012. 

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