26 killed in Somalia hotel bombing

A general view shows people at the scene of a suicide car explosion at a check point near Somali Parliament building in Mogadishu Somalia

Hotel attack leaves at least 10 dead in Somalia

A presidential candidate for upcoming regional elections was killed in the attack, Jubbaland president Ahmed Mohamed Islam told a news conference, adding several foreigners were among the dead.

Shaie said when someone asked Nalayeh what she would like to be remembered for, the journalist said she didn't want to be "famous and all of that". Government forces stood off with the militants for twelve hours before ending the siege Saturday morning. Al Shabab, which in Arabic means young people, was born in 2006 as a radical wing of the defunct Council of Islamic Courts under the pretext of an Islamic caliphate.

The group remains a strong presence in rural Somalia and has carried out numerous attacks in the region.

Al-Shabaab did claim responsibility for the attack in a statement.

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Islamic extremists blew up the gate of a Somali hotel with a vehicle bomb and took over the building for more than 14 hours, leaving 26 people dead before Somali forces who besieged the hotel overnight killed the attackers. At least 10 people, including two journalists, were killed in an extremist attack on Friday.

"There are dead bodies and wounded people strewn inside the hotel".

Regional President Ahmed Mohamed put the death toll at 26 with more than 50 people wounded. He said gunfire is continuing inside the hotel. The attacks were put to an end after officers managed to track down all four attackers, all of whom were shot and died from their injuries.

Police officer Major Mohamed Abdi earlier told Reuters security forces had ended the overnight attack and killed all four assailants.

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"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.

A journalists' group had confirmed on Friday that two journalists were among the dead; Somali-Canadian journalist Hodan Naleyah, the founder of Integration TV, and Mohamed Sahal Omar, reporter of SBC TV in Kismayu.

Aden Aw Hirsi, Somalia's Minister of Planning and global co-operation, said on Twitter: "We are heartbroken by their sudden violent deaths". "We mourn her loss deeply, and all others killed in the Kismayo attack".

It was driven out of Kismayo in 2012. The metropolis's port had been a vital source of earnings for the crew from taxes, charcoal exports and levies on hands and other unlawful imports.

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