Leader of Majority in the Parliament Aden Duale has murned the death of prolific journalist Hodan Naleyeh who was killed in an terrorist attack by Alshabaab on Friday.
Aden Duale mourns journalist killed in Al-shabaab attack
Duale eulogized the deceased as “a brilliant and promising member of our society” and remembered her for outstanding efforts in telling the world the positive side of war-torn Somalia.
“Innalilahi wainaillahim raajun. We've lost a brilliant and promising member of our society in a bomb blast at a hotel in Kismayo, Somalia. I have known her as one person who always tells the world the positive side of Somalia through her online TV.” Duale wrote.
The deceased was among the several who lost their lives in a terrorist attack at the popular Medina hotel in the port city of Kismayo.
An armed suicide bomber is reported to have rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the hotel.
This was followed by heavy gunfight which left several dead among them journalists and politicians.
Media reports attributed to Abdi Dhuhul- a Security official indicate that seven people had died, including a former minister and a legislator, though an official death toll has not been released yet.
"Several gunmen entered and started shooting but the security forces responded quickly and engaged in a gunfight with the attackers inside the building," he said.
Al shabaab statement
Armed terrorist group Al- shabaab has since claimed responsibility for the attack.
"First, we targeted [the hotel] with a suicide car bomb and then armed 'mujahideen' (fighters) stormed the hotel. We are still fighting inside the hotel," said Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab's military operation spokesman.
The group has suffered heavy losses in recent days and is on the verge of extinction as a result of a military operation by Kenya Defense Forces and African Union troupes.
The rag tag militia has lost significant territories to the well organized KDF and AMISOM troupes, including the port city of Kismayo among other key cities.
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