Somali security forces break Kismayo hotel siege

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Jubbaland security agencies have ended more than twelve hours’ siege by al-Shabaab militants in a Kismayo hotel on Friday.

All eight attackers were killed by the multi-agency security forces that responded during the operation.

At least 11 people were killed by the militants’ attack on Hotel As-Asey, while scores of others were wounded.

The militants find their way inside the hotel premises after a huge explosion rocked the entrance of the guesthouse.

The hotel was very popular with government officials including members of parliament and also a favorite destination for members of the Diaspora community.

Among immediately confirmed fatalities were two Somalia journalists, Somali-Canadian Journalist, Hodan Naleye and Mohamed Sahal.

Senior Somali government officials including President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Kheyre have strongly condemned the attack.

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