Suicide attack at Somalia hotel followed by gunfire

Suicide attack at Somalia hotel followed by gunfire

A car bomb went off in a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayu where legislators and local elders were meeting, followed by gunfire, a police officer said. Armed group al-Shabab, linked to al-Qaeda, said it had carried out a suicide attack. "A blast occurred in Hotel Asasey in the heart of Kismayu, followed by gunfire. Local elders and lawmakers were having a meeting there. It is too early to know if there are any casualties", Major Mohamed Abdi, a police officer, told Reuters news agency from Kismayu on Friday.

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