Somalia: Al-Qaida-linked group seizes hotel in Kismaio, kills officials

Kismaio, July 12, 2019 (Hornnews24) –  A massive explosion, which sent towering plume of smoke into the sky, has killed several people and wounded dozens of friday in the port town of Kismaio, the administrative capital of Jubbaland regional state,witnesses say.

A car packed with explosives exploded at the gate of hotel Asasey frequented by the officials, ministers and members of parliament of the Jubbaland state.

The scene was convulsed by the tremendous explosion while the air was instantly filled with huge stones, broken glasses and flying fragments of vehicles, rent asunder and whirled aloft by the explosion.

Al-Kaida-linked Alshabaab group has ímmediately claimed responsibility for the attack.  The group said that its fighters have taken the full control of the hotel. Jubbaland regional state has not so far commented on the attack.

 

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