MOGADISHU, Somalia – The death toll from Friday’s bomb and gun attack on a hotel in south of Somalia’s coastal town Kismayo has climbed to 33 while 56 other people were wounded.
Somalia’s Jubaland state outgoing president, Ahmed Mohamed says 33 people were killed 56 others were wounded in al Shabaab attack on Asa-Asey hotel in Kismayo, some 500km south the capital, Mogadishu.
Mohamed said the security forces ended the hotel attack after hours of siege, adding that the all attackers were neutralized during the rescue operation.
“Our soldiers ended Friday’s siege of hotel in Kismayo where Al Shabaab militants holed up many innocent people,” he said.
Two journalists and a presidential candidate for upcoming regional elections were also among the dead, he said.
A U.N. staff member and others from Kenya, Tanzania, US, Britain and Canada, most of them dual citizenships were killed in the attack, according to Mohamed.
Four attackers who carried out the attack were also killed by security forces.
Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed to have carried out Friday’s attack in Kismayo.
Meanwhile, US, UN, AU and Britain representatives for Somalia also condemned the attack which left 33 people dead.
The U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the attack, his spokesman said Friday.
However, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has described the attack as “wicked and the cowardly one’ carried out by Al Shabaab.