Somalia: blast, armed attack leaves 10 dead

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

Hodan Nalayeh, a Somali-Canadian journalist, was among the 10 people killed in a hotel attack in the Somali port city of Kismayo on Friday, Trend reports citing CBC News.

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

Security official Abdiweli Mohamed said several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside the hotel, shooting as they went.

Somalia's al-Shabab Islamic rebels claimed responsibility for the attack.

"First we targeted [the hotel] with a suicide auto bomb and then armed "mujahideen" [guerrilla fighters] stormed the hotel".

A Somali-Canadian journalist who used her platform to share "uplifting and inspiring" cultural stories with worldwide audiences was killed Friday, after a vehicle bomb exploded at a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayo.

"There are many dead bodies inside the hotel, including a dead white man. We are restful combating all throughout the hotel", he mentioned.

"Mujahideen fighters carried out a martyrdom attack on one of the hotels accommodating the apostate officials of the Jubaland administration", the group said, referring to an autonomous southern zone in the troubled country whose main city is Kismayo. "We management the hotel now".

Local leaders and politicians were meeting at the hotel at the time of the attack.

Somali Journalsits Syndicate (SJS) condemns the barbaric attack targeting journalists and other members of the public in the hotel.

"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. The city's port had been a major source of revenue for the group from taxes, charcoal exports and levies on arms and other illegal imports.

It remains a vital security threat, with warring parties recurrently undertaking bombings in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, whose troops create section of the African Union-mandated peacekeeping power that helps shield the Somali authorities.

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

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