AU Condemns Deadly Attack in Somalia

ADDIS ABEBA – African Union has condemned the terrorist attack that took place in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo on Saturday, 12 July 2019.

At least 26 people, including several foreigners, have been killed in an attack on a hotel in southern Somalia.

In a statement on Saturday, the Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat said he “strongly condemns the terrorist attack”, which also claimed the life of a prominent journalist.

The Chairperson “expresses his sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wishes a swift recovery to those injured in the attack”, reads AU’s statement.

Reports say a suicide bomber rammed a car containing explosives into the Asasey hotel in the port of Kismayo, and gunmen then stormed the building.

Journalist Hodan Naleyah, 43, and her husband Farid were among the dead, the BBC reported.

Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed the attack, the worst to hit Kismayo since they were forced out in 2012.

A local politician, three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Americans and one Briton were also killed, authorities say.


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