The death toll from the attack on Somalia's hotel has risen to 26 people, with 56 more reported injured, the Associated Press reported, citing the country's officials.
Several foreigners were among those killed, including two Americans, one Canadian and one Briton, the president of Jubbaland regional state controlling Kismayo, Ahmed Madobe, said as quoted by the agency.
Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Kismayo Hotel attack casualty.— Somalia Live News (@MohaBulbul) 13 июля 2019 г.
26 people confirmed among them are these foreigners.
Kenyan 3 qof.
Canadian 1 qof.
British 1 qof.
American 2 qof.
Tanzanian 3 qof.
Over 56 people ,including China citizens wounded,according to Jubbaland president. #Somalia pic.twitter.com/POkXLDe69P
The hotel was attacked when tribal elders, journalists and a candidate for the regional presidency were meeting inside to discuss the regional election which is due to take place in August, CNN has reported, citing local police captain Mahad Abdia.
BREAKING | #Jubbaland state president Ahmed Madobe says 26 pple killed in #Kismayo hotel attack, and 56 others hurt. Among those dead including foreigners from;#Kenyan 3.#Canadian 1.#British 1.#American 2.#Tanzanian 3. pic.twitter.com/MpwosoB7Go— Abdi Rahman Adani (@abdi_adaani) 13 июля 2019 г.