Somalia: 26 murdered by Muslim terrorists in car bomb attack, hours-long hotel siege
At least 26 people, including journalists and politicians, were murdered by Muslim terrorists members of the al-Shabab terror group in a suicide car bomb attack and all-night siege on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayo in Somalia.
Authorities said a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the popular Medina hotel before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting as they went.
The attack lasted more than 14 hours before troops shot and eliminated all the terrorists inside the hotel compound.
The area’s legislators and local elders were discussing an upcoming local election in the hotel, according to officials. A former minister, a legislator, a well-known social media activist and her husband are among the murdered.
The victims also include a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist, one Briton, two Americans, and three Tanzanians. Another 56 people, including two Chinese, were injured.
Jubbaland’s minister of planning, Just Aw Hersi, confirmed the deaths of several prominent Somalis.
“We are heartbroken by their sudden violent deaths. But rest assured, we are also as mad as hell because of it,” he tweeted.
In a statement, the Somali Journalists Syndicate said there were two reporters among the dead.
“Mohamed Omar Sahal, SBC TV correspondent based in Kismayo and Hodan Naleyeh, female TV journalist and founder of Integration TV are both among those killed,” Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, the syndicate’s secretary-general, said.
Somalia is regularly targeted by al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab Muslim terrorists attempting to dislodge a Western-backed government protected by African Union-mandated peacekeepers.
At least ten people were murdered in February when Muslim terrorists from the al-Shabaab terror group used a car bomb to blast their way into a major hotel in the capital of Somalia, where they opened fire on guests.