Casualties are feared after Alshabaab gunmen attack a hotel in Somalia’s Jubbaland state capital, Kismayo. Alshabaab has claimed the responsibility of the ongoing attack which started with an explosion at the gate of hotel Assasey which is popular with Members of the Somali government.
Pictures of the smoke from the explosion scene has been shared on Social Media by eyewitnesses. After the explosion gunmen have entered the hotel and are now engaged gun battle with the security forces, VoA journalist has tweeted.
Al-Shabaab militants have launched a complex attack on a hotel in Kismayo. Security sources say an explosion hit the hotel followed by gunmen. As-Asey Hotel is popular with returnees from the diaspora, politicians and clan delegates reside the hotel, casualties not yet known.
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) July 12, 2019
Reports are emerging of the victims of the attack. A journalist workinf for local TV and head of aid organisation are confirmed to be among the dead