Somali-Canadian journalist killed in Somalia hotel attack World 06:33

Explosion at Somalia's hotel on 12 July 2019

A prominent journalist and her husband are reported to be among the victims in the attack in Kismayo.

Somalia's al-Shabab Islamic rebels claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Associated Press.

"Many of us could have lost our lives to bullets or hunger or diseases", she said of many Somalis who immigrated to Canada.

"Mujahideen fighters carried out a martyrdom attack on one of the hotels accommodating the apostate officials of the Jubaland administration", the group said, referring to an autonomous southern zone in the troubled country whose main city is Kismayo.

"Through her work as a journalist, she highlighted the community's positive stories and contributions in Canada, and became a voice for many", said Hussen, who is also a Somali-Canadian.

Among those killed were popular TV journalist Hodan Nalayeh and her husband, reports say.

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Hotel Asasey which was attacked is in the heart of the Kismayo town. "We management the hotel now".

"Mohamed Omar Sahal, SBC TV correspondent based in Kismayu and Hodan Naleyeh, female TV journalist and founder of Integration TV (are) both among (those) killed", Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, the syndicate's secretary general, said.

"She was an awesome person with an unbelievable heart", said Mohamed Gialo, a close friend of Nalayeh, who said she helped find his daughter employment after his daughter graduated university.

State-run Somali National News Agency said in a statement Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire had condemned the attack.

Al-Shabab frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia against government, military and civilian targets. The city's port had been a major source of revenue for the group from taxes, charcoal exports and levies on arms and other illegal imports.

The militants have been carrying out more frequent attacks in the capital Mogadishu, despite the heavy presence of African Union peacekeepers and US-trained Somali troops.

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