At least six people have been killed and about 50 others injured on Friday evening following a terrorist attack at a hotel in the southern city of Kismayo in Somalia, officials have confirmed. Officials said the death toll could rise as fighting continues between hotel security and the extremist gunmen.
Hassan Gesey, director of local outlet Radio Dalsan, said that officials have confirmed that Nalayeh and her husband Farid had been killed.
"On behalf of the Somali Journalists Syndicate and the Somali media fraternity, we send our honest condolences to the families, colleagues and friends who lost the two journalists Hodan Naleyeh and Mohamed Omar Sahal", Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, the Secretary General of Somali Journalists Syndicate said.
Al-Shabaab did claim responsibility for the attack in a statement.
"A suicide vehicle targeted the Cas-casey hotel this evening".
Nalayeh, a mother of two boys, was born in Somalia and spent the majority of her life in Canada, where she developed her career as a journalist. Residents said the attackers were still in the hotel at 8:00 p.m. local time.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab's militia operation spokesman, mentioned the militant crew became as soon as at the back of the attack and that combating became as soon as restful going on.
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The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, linked to Qaeda, said it had carried out a suicide attack.
Nur was referring to elections in the city due sometime in August.
"Mohamed Omar Sahal, SBC TV correspondent based in Kismayo, and Hodan Nalayeh, female TV journalist and founder of Integration TV, [are] both among [those] killed", Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, the syndicate's secretary general, said.
Nur said Nalayeh's death is a tragedy, not only for the Somali community, but for Canada as a whole.
In 2011, they fled positions they once held in Mogadishu, and have since lost many strongholds.
It was driven out of Kismayu in 2012.
Outside of Kismayo, al-Shabab still controls parts of Jubbaland, a region in southern Somalia.