United Nations has condemned the terrorist attack on a hotel in Kismayo town of southern Somalia.

On Friday evening, Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) rammed into a popular hotel named Madina followed by heavy gunfire.

According to Jubbaland authorities, four heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters have forced their way and started shooting inside the hotel.

In a statement, the Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez damned the terrorist attack which claimed lives of 26 people including foreigners from several countries.

He expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the attack and wished a swift recovery to the injured.

The Secretary-General reaffirmed the support and solidarity of the United Nations with the people of Somalia in their pursuit of a peaceful future.

Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has condemned the heinous attack on Kismayo hotel in southern Somalia.

Al-Shabaab claimed the responsibility for the attack saying its fighters killed several government officials and soldiers.
The group was driven out of Kismayo, which is the commercial capital of Jubbaland state in 2012.

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.

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