The death toll and injuries have risen to 9 dead and 47 injured in an attack on a hotel in Kismayo, in southern Somalia, claimed by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.
The port city is the latest to have been attacked following a recent resurgence of attacks by the al-Qaeda-linked group, which mainly targeted the capital Mogadishu and central Somalia.
Kill the authors
The attack began Sunday at 12:45 (0945 GMT) when a car bomb rammed the entrance to the Tawakkol Hotel and ended around 19:00 after the attackers were killed by security forces, according to “AFP. “.
Jubaland Security Minister Yusuf Hussein Osman told reporters that the victims included students from a nearby school. He added that the four attackers, including the suicide bomber, were killed.
Declaration of responsibility
He also claimed that “the former blew himself up in air and the three (the others) were killed by the security forces “, confirming a first statement by the police.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the six-hour attack and said members of the federal government of Jubbaland, where Kismayo is located, were meeting at the hotel. in that moment.
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