MOGADISHU – British Ambassador to Somalia Ben Fender has strongly condemned an attack claimed by al Shabaab at popular hotel in Somalia.
Amb. Fender says he is appalled and saddened to hear of the attack in Kismayo, some 500km south the capital, Mogadishu.
He called Friday’s attack as ‘callous one’ as Al Shabaab gunmen stormed into Asa-Asey hotel building after a suicide car bomb explosion.
The gunmen with AK-27s and grenade bombs killed 28 people, including two journalists – Hodan Naleye and Mohamed Sahal Omar.
“Such a dreadful, shocking attack tonight in Kismayo. Our hearts go out to all the victims, inc two journalists already named, the inspiring, brilliant Hodan and Mohamed Sahal Omar”, he said.
“Both in our prayers. Allah u Naxariisto. Terrorism will not win!” he added.
Kismayo has seen deadly terror attack on Friday ahead of regional election for presidential leadership.
Friday’s attack was claimed by al Shabaab.
Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group which wants topple the weak-western backed government of Somalia based in Mogadishu.