At least 13 people were killed by an attack and a bomb attack on a hotel in Somalia on Friday. The attack has been claimed by the al-Shabaab terrorist group.
One person blew up at the hotel in the port city of Kismayo, located in southern Somalia, after which a group of armed men stormed the hotel.
There was a meeting with politicians at the hotel. Among the dead would be a well-known Somali activist. Two reporters also died. Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire condemned the attack.
Al-Shabaab, which has links with Al Qaeda, commits attacks in Somalia more often. The organization fights for supremacy in the country in the Horn of Africa and wants to establish a radical Islamic form of government there.
In 2011, al-Shabaab was expelled from the Somali capital Mogadishu. A year later the same happened to the terrorist group in Kismayo.
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