Five people dead as Al Shabab gunmen storm hotel in Somalia

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KISMAYU, Somalia — Heavily armed gunmen belonging to al Shabab – an al Qaeda – linked group have stormed into a popular hotel in the port city of Kismayo, engaging in an exchange of fire with the security forces, witnesses and police said on Sunday.

Sunday’s attack started with a suicide explosion before gunmen entered into the hotel building, said Amino Mohamed, a tea-seller.

Mohamed says at least five people were killed and seven others were wounded in the explosion.

“I saw bodies of five people and seven others who were wounded in the explosion. The wounded were taken by rescue workers”, she said.

Speaking to journalists, deputy police chief Mohamed Nasi Guled confirmed the attack.

He calls on local residents to remain calm.

Guled says three gunmen entered into Tawakal hotel, saying the security forces launched a rescue operation.

Gunfire could still be heard.

Tawakal hotel is considered a place frequented by politicians and businesspeople.

Al Shabab group has claimed the responsibility for Sunday’s suicide and gun attack.

Kismayo, a port town in Lower Jubba region lies some 500 km south of Somali capital Mogadishu.

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Abdirisaq is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @tuuryare_africa tuuryare10@gmail.com Whatup:00252615990842
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