Somalia’s security forces have put an end to an attack perpetrated by the terrorist group Al Shabab in the port city of Kismayo in the south of the country, in which at least 29 people have been killed and more than half a hundred killed. They were injured, according to the balance provided by a spokesman for local authorities.
“The operation is over,” said Police Commander Mohamed Abdi. “The four aggressors have died after being shot,” he added. The fatalities also include two Americans, one Briton, one Canadian, three Kenyans and three Tanzanians, according to the state media explained the president of the Jubaland regional state, Ahmed Madobe. More than 56 people have been injured, including two Chinese, according to Madobe’s statements on regional radio.
The attack began with the explosion of a car bomb in front of the hotel, where a meeting was held between parliamentarians and political leaders, after which several armed men stormed the premises. Security sources cited by local news portal Garowe Online have pointed out that among the victims are the former regional minister Farid Yama and the candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in Jubaland Mohamed Ismael Shakur.
The well-known Somali-Canadian television host Hodan Nalayeh, who had recently returned to Somalia to report positive stories from her country, as well as her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman, also lost their lives in this attack. Another journalist, Omar Sahal, is also among the deceased. Al Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Intelligence Group, an organization specialized in monitoring terrorist groups.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, the spokesman for military operations of Al Shabab, stressed that “there are many dead inside the hotel, including a white man.” “We control the hotel,” he added. Thus, the detailed that “a car bomb attack was carried out (at the hotel) and then armed mujahideen have broken into it. We are still fighting in the interior,” he said.
The aforementioned website has indicated that the security forces have managed to evacuate several parliamentarians and local leaders. The meeting was held in the face of the local elections that will take place in August. For his part, the president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, popularly known as Farmajo, has expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims.
“This terrorist attack in the city of Kismayo reflects the enemies of the Somalis who try to destabilize our entire nation,” said the president, who described the attack as “brutal”. In addition, the president has assured that federal and regional security forces had warned of security before.
The city of Kismayo is located in the province of Bajo Yuba, in the south of the African country. The group was expelled from Kismayo in 2012, although it controls areas located in its surroundings.