Somalia: Bomb blast and shooting at hotel in Kismayo city, 9 killed, all attackers killed2 min read
A car bomb and shooting incident occurred at a hotel in Kismayo.
In this incident 9 people died and 47 people were injured.
Security forces have killed all the attackers present in the hotel.
Mogadishu. Nine people have been killed in a car bomb and shooting at a hotel in the Somali city of Kismayo. At the same time 47 people were injured. The security forces who reached the spot surrounded the spot and killed all the attackers. The news agency Reuters has given information quoting regional officials. Let us tell you that while giving information late on Sunday evening, the police had told that some unidentified gunmen attacked a hotel on Sunday in the middle of the port city of Kismayo in Somalia.
According to the police, a car loaded with explosives had also hit the hotel gate shortly before the attack. Officials had said that the gunmen were inside the Tawakal hotel and security forces were present at the spot. The Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack. Police officer Abshir Umar told The Associated Press over the phone that the attack began when a car driven by a suicide bomber hit the hotel entrance and then exploded.
Many small shops on the side of the road were destroyed due to this explosion. According to the police officer, some government officials and senior citizens were having lunch at the hotel at the time of the blast. There is no clear information so far about the number of casualties in the attack. Mohamed Nasi Guled, a senior Jubaland state police officer, said three attackers entered the hotel premises.
He said the security forces would eliminate the attackers soon. The hotel is popular as a venue for meetings of government officials. Let us tell you that Kismayo is about 500 kilometers away from the capital Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab, an organization affiliated with al-Qaeda, regularly conducts attacks in Somalia. (from input language)
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 24, 2022, 00:38 IST