Somalia: Attack on hotel in the city of Kismayo ends with 9 civilians dead

An attack on a hotel in the centre of the port city of Kismayo in southern Somalia killed nine civilians on Sunday before security forces killed the gunmen.

Security officers killed three of the attackers and a fourth died in the bomb blast, said Yussuf Hussein Dhumal, security minister for Jubbaland. “In the explosion, nine people including students and civilians were killed and 47 others were injured, some of them seriously,” Dhumal said. “The hotel where the explosion happened was near a school so many students were injured.”

A car laden with explosives rammed the gate of the hotel and was followed by an attack claimed by the al-Shabab armed group.

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Source: Al Jazeera