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12 dead in the Somalia hotel attack

Saturday July 13, 2019
12 dead in the Somalia hotel attack

Buildings that were destroyed during the attack 

At least 12 people were killed and 30 others wounded when Al-Shabab militants stormed a popular hotel in the southern Somalia town of Kismayo, security officials and witnesses said Saturday.

"The security forces are in control now and the last terrorist was shot and killed", Mohamed Abdiweli, a security official, said.

"There are dead bodies and wounded people strewn inside the hotel and we cannot give exact detail of the casualties but we have confirmed so far 12 people killed and more than thirty others wounded," Abdiweli said.

"We believe... there were four gunmen involved in the attack and the death toll could be higher because we see (the) devastating consequences of the (bomb) blast and gunfire," he added.

Witnesses said the hotel building was mostly destroyed in the attack which began Friday.

"The whole building is in ruins," Muna Abdirahman, a witness, said.

"The security forces have cordoned off the whole area. The attackers (were) wearing the Somali police uniform and their dead bodies are being dragged outside now," he said.

A Somali Canadian journalist and activist as well as a local journalist and several politicians were among the dead.