Saturday, July 13, 2019

Somalia: Car bomb in a hotel in Kismayo claimed by al-Shabaab

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A car bomb went off on Friday outside a hotel in Somalia’s port city of Kismayu, a police officer said. The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab said it had carried out a suicide attack.

“A blast occurred in Hotel Asasey in the heart of Kismayu in Somalia, followed by gunfire. Local elders and lawmakers were having a meeting there. It is too early to know if there are any casualties,” Major Mohamed Abdi, a police officer, told Reuters.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, said the militant group linked to al-Qaeda and who is trying to topple Somalia’s central government was behind the attack and that fighting was still going on.

“First we targeted (the hotel) with a suicide car bomb and then armed mujahideen (guerrilla fighters) stormed the hotel. We are still fighting inside the hotel,” he said.

“There are many dead bodies inside the hotel, including a dead white man. We control the hotel now.”

The News:
https://www.france24 … port-city-al-shabaab