The hotel is located in the center of the city of Kismayo – Shots were fired
At least three are dead and eight injured in a car bomb attack at the gate of a hotel in the city Somali Riftas a police officer stated, adding that there was also an exchange of gunfire.
“So far there are at least three dead and eight injured who have been taken to the Kismayo hospital,” he told Reuters. Farah Mohammed local security services officer.
Earlier, it was known that a car rigged with explosives had entered the entrance of a hotel located in the center of the city of Kismayo, while they followed shootingsas a police officer and a local resident told Reuters.
Somalia’s state television said in a tweet that security forces had dealt with a “terrorist incident” at the hotel, with the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab group claiming responsibility.
“There was an explosion at the hotel Tawakal hotel and shots were heard,” local police chief Mohamed Noor told Reuters.
Eyewitnesses reported that there was a large explosion before the shooting began.
“Security forces have surrounded the area,” Farah Ali, a shopkeeper from Kismayo, told Reuters.
Al-Shabaab’s spokesman for military operations, Abdiyasis Abu Musab, said the said group was behind the attack, while its target was administrative officials of the Jubalad district who work from the said hotel.
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