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Somalia extremist attack in port city of Kismayo kills 10

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Terror group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement published on an affiliated website, saying it targeted Jubbaland state ministers, regional and federal lawmakers, as well as candidates in the hotel.

Members of the the al-Qaeda linked group stormed the hotel after targeting it with a auto bomb on Friday while local elders and lawmakers were meeting to discuss approaching regional elections. Witnesses said the death toll could rise since the militants are still fighting with security forces inside the hotel.

Kismayo, the port city located about 500 kilometers (310 miles) South of Somali capital Mogadishu.

"First we targeted [the hotel] with a suicide auto bomb and then armed mujahedeen stormed the hotel".

Authorities said a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the popular Medina hotel in the southern port town of Kismayo on Friday, before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting as they went.

"A blast occurred in Hotel Asasey in the heart of Kismayu, followed by gunfire".

Local leaders and politicians were meeting at the hotel at the time of the attack.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operation spokesman, said the militant group had been behind the attack.

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

Nur was referring to elections in the city due sometime in August.

"I am so sad and shocked to learn of the tragic death of @HodanTV and her husband Farid in a terrorist attack, along with other victims of this hate-fuelled violence", Horwath said on Twitter.

Nur said Nalayeh's death is a tragedy, not only for the Somali community, but for Canada as a whole.

The Somali Journalists Syndicate said that Nalayeh and another reporter also killed in Kismayo, Mohamed Omar Sahal, were the first journalists to be killed in the country this year.

Al-Shabaab became as soon as ejected from Mogadishu in 2011 and has since been driven from most of its other strongholds.

It was driven out of Kismayu in 2012.