Death toll in Somalia hotel attack rises to 3

Al-Shabaab said it was behind the deadly suicide truck bombing which comes amid stepped up military operations in southern Somalia against the militants.

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Death toll in Somalia hotel attack rises to 3

JOWHAR, Somalia - The death toll from a truck bombing in southern Somalia on Sunday morning has jumped to at least three while seven others were wounded, a regional leader has confirmed.

Speaking at a press conference in Jowhar, HirShabelle regional state president Ali Gudlawe said two civilians and one soldier have lost their lives in the attack at Nur Doob hotel in the city centre.

President Ali Guudlawe described the Al-Shabaab as a disaster for the lives and progress of the Somali people, calling for an end to the threat of the group that is hindering state-building efforts.

Somali PM Hamza Abdi Barre issued a statement condemning the terrorist bombing in Jowhar and sent his condolences to the victims’ families. He wished a quick recovery for the wounded.

Among the officials who were confirmed injured are the minister of women for HirShabelle state Asho Khalif Haji, the minister of health Abdi Moalin, the former deputy speaker of the regional parliament Anab Ahmed Isse, and a former member of parliament called Jego.

The latest reports reached Keydmedia Onlne's news desk indicate that the death toll could rise as several people are in critical condition and were airlifted to Mogadishu for proper medical attention.


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