Somali security forces end al-Shabab hotel siege

Somali security forces end al-Shabab hotel siege

Somalia's security forces on Saturday ended an overnight attack by the al-Shabaab armed group on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayu that killed at least 13.

The attack began Friday night with a suicide auto bomb at the entrance gate and continued with an assault by gunmen who stormed into the building, which is frequented by politicians, patrons and lawmakers.

The famous journalist died alongside her husband Farid Jama Suleiman in a terrorist attack on Friday at the port city of Kismayo, Somalia.

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to the Somali Journalists Syndicate, Mohamed Omar Sahar, a SBC TV correspondent based in Kismayo, and Hodan Naleyeh, a television journalist and founder of Integration TV, were both killed in the attack.

Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians are among the dead, Jubbaland region's president Ahmed Mohamed said in a statement.

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A Somali official says the attack started with a suicide vehicle bomb blast and then gunmen stormed a hotel in the port city of Kismayo.

"There is chaos inside, I saw several dead bodies carried from the scene and people are fleeing from the nearby buildings", Muktar said during the assault.

She had recently returned to her homeland from Canada.

Galow, who lives in Fairfax, Va., but is now in Somalia, went on to say that Nalayeh's words of encouragement were like having "dreams come back to the country". Nalayeh's friends and colleagues mourned her death on social media, sharing her work and their regret she was gone so soon. "We are saddened and outraged by this loss of life, and condemn in the strongest possible terms this appalling massacre", said Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, secretary-general of the Federation of Somali Journalists. This included Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who states that she is shocked to hear of the tragic events and that her thoughts are with the Nalayeh family at this time. The attack started with a suicide auto bomb blast and then gunmen stormed into the hotel.

"Her work, particularly in helping women and youth, strengthened the ties between Canada's Somali community and Somalia, as it continues to go through stabilization and reconstruction".

Nur said Nalayeh's death is a tragedy, not only for the Somali community, but for Canada as a whole.