(CNN)At least 26 people were killed and a further 56 injured in Friday’s terror attack at a hotel in Kismayo, Somalia, Jubaland state president Ahmed Madobe said Saturday morning.
Death toll in Somalia hotel attack rises to 26
Colonel Salah Osman, a police officer who was part of the rescue operation on Friday night, told CNN that the attack began when a car bomb exploded in a suicide blast at the gate of the Asasey, a heavily fortified hotel 500 km south of the capital Mogadishu. An assault team of four attackers then entered the premises and battled with Jubaland’s security forces for 12 hours.
The attackers were shot dead during the fighting inside the hotel, Osman said, while the car bomber died when the explosives were detonated.