At Least Seven Dead In Somalia Hotel Attack
Muhammad Irfan 10 days ago Sat 13th July 2019 | 08:40 AM
Mogadishu, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Jul, 2019 ) :At least seven people were killed on Friday in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants on a hotel in southern Somalia, a security official said.
Authorities said a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the popular Medina hotel in the southern port town of Kismayo before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting as they went.
"We have confirmed the death of seven people including a former local administration minister and a lawmaker," said Abdi Dhuhul, a security official. "The toll may increase since the attack is not over yet." Witnesses said among those killed were a well-known social media activist, her husband and a local journalist.
"Several gunmen entered and started shooting but the security forces responded quickly and engaged in a gunfight with the terrorists inside the building," he added.
"The blast was very big," said witness Hussein Muktar.
"The relatives of local journalist Mohamed Sahal confirmed his death and I'm getting that social media activist Hodan Naleyeh and her husband also died in the blast," another witness, Ahmed Farhan, said.
The Somali journalists' union SJS confirmed the reporters' deaths. "It is a very sad day for Somalian journalists," the union's secretary-general Ahmed Mumin said in a statement.
Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.