(KISMAYO, Somalia.) JUST IN: At least 26-people dead who were public figures and more than 30-injured by Al-Shabaab in an attack on the Medina Hotel in the Somali sea-port on Saturday the security forces have finally taken control after the last terrorist has been killed #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – July.14: Authorities say they have stopped an attack claimed by jihadist group Al-Shabaab on popular hotel in the Somali port of Kismayo, but prominent public figures are among those killed: “The security forces are in control now and the last terrorist was shot and killed,” Mohamed Abdiweli, a security official, told AFP.

RT reports that a regional politician told Reuters that at least 26 people are dead and over 30 injured, but the death toll could rise, as bodies are still being recovered from the lobby of the Medina hotel: During the Friday attack, a suicide bomber drove a truck laden with explosives into the hotel, followed by gunmen, who began to mow down those gathered in public spaces.

Reports indicate the hotel was occupied by local politicians and officials ahead of a local election: A candidate for the regional presidency and a prominent local journalist are said to be among the victims.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published time: 13 Jul, 2019 09:07 Edited time: 13 Jul, 2019 09:07

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