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WorldHotel attack leaves at least 10 dead in Somalia

00:42  13 july  2019
00:42  13 july  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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At least 10 people were killed and dozens injured in an attack on a hotel in Somalia 's port city of Kismayo on Friday, according to police.

Gunmen holed up in a central Mogadishu hotel for more than 12 hours killed at least 10 people in the latest attack in Somalia by the Al-Qaeda group, the

Hotel attack leaves at least 10 dead in Somalia© AFP/Getty Images The southern Somali port city of Kismayo.

At least 10 people were killed and dozens injured in an attack on a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayo on Friday, according to police.

Several gunmen stormed the heavily fortified Asasey Hotel in Kismayo, about 500 km south of the capital Mogadishu, after detonating a car bomb at the entrance gate, Somali police captain Mahad Abdia told CNN.

Among the dead are a regional president, tribal elders and journalists, Abdia told CNN. Dozens of regional officials and MPs have been rescued, he said. Local officials and elders were meeting inside the hotel ahead of a regional election in August.

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Security forces in Somalia are braced for a wave of new attacks by Islamist extremists following a bloody The death toll from the attack in the southern port city of Kismayo, which began on Friday evening At least 79 dead and more than 100 injured after morning rush-hour blast in Somali capital.

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

Hassan Ali Khayre, Somalia's Prime Minister condemned "the brutal attack" in a statement Friday, and sent condolences to the relatives of the victims.

Among the dead are two journalists, including renowned Somali-Canadian journalist Hodon Naleyeh, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).

"We mourn the senseless deaths of our two colleagues, Mohamed Sahal and Hodan Nalayeh, who were both murdered in a cowardly and senseless terrorist attack," Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General, said in a statement.

"The death of Hodan and Mohamed speaks of the continuing hazards that journalists face in Somalia," Osma added. "They were deeply committed to independent journalism and the principles of a free media."

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