Mogadishu, Jul 13 : At least ten people have been killed and around 50 others have been wounded in a terror attack on a hotel in Somalia’s southern port of Kismayo, mediareported, citing local officials.
The attack took place on Friday. "Armed militants had rammed a car loaded with explosives into the hotel and stormed it.", Xinhua news agency reported, citing Abdi Nur Ibrahim Hussein, the spokesman of the security forces of the Jubbaland province, where Kismayo is located.
"The militants drove into the hotel and made way into the building after detonating bombs. Security forces are now engaging the militants inside the hotel," Hussein said adding there were heavy casualties as a result of the attack. Al Shabaab militant group, affiliated with al Qaeda terror organization, reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to media reports, the hotel is said to be popular among local politicians. According to the reports, the majority of those killed were civilians, including two journalists and a provincial head candidate. UNI