Briton among 26 killed in terror attack on Somalia hotel

Al-Shabaab remains the key threat to peace in Somalia carrying out attacks like this car bombing in Mogadishu

Briton among 26 killed in terror attack on Somalia hotel

Ms Nalayeh was born in Somalia in 1976 but spent most of her life in Canada, first in Alberta and then in Toronto.

Since the attacks, Canadians have shared their love and support on Twitter. "They call this fish 'Shabeelka Bada, ' or 'tiger of the ocean, '" Nalayeh wrote Thursday.

"People save all their lives to have a retirement by the beach, yet, we have plenty of it and can not see its value".

A presidential candidate for upcoming regional elections was also killed in the assault by four terrorists, Jubbaland president Ahmed Mohamed said in a statement.

"There are also two wounded Chinese citizens", he added.

Al Qaeda-linked Islamist terrorist group al Shabab, which is trying to topple Somalia's weak United Nations -backed government, immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

A celebrated Canadian-Somali journalist Hodan Naleyah also succumbed in the incident.

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.

On Saturday, friends and family reeled as they heard that Nalayeh, 43, a journalist and mother expecting her third child, was among the dead. "It didn't matter where the light was, she just wanted to make sure that people saw that there was a light on there". Recent episodes had focused on Somalia's female entrepreneurs and things to do in the city of Las Anod. During its run she interviewed guests including former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. It is reported that she was in the company of her husband at the time of the attack.

It says she had recently returned to Somalia from Canada, where she attended school and worked as a journalist on TV programs in Toronto.

Suad Galow, Nalayeh's cousin, said she last spoke with the journalist a few weeks ago about launching a new project through her non-profit organization: the Somali Women Foundation. She went back because she believed in the Somali youth that were there.

Halayeh's death sparked an outpouring of grief on social media.

He said the AU mission will work with the Somali government, its member states and the global community to track down and bring the perpetrators of such an act to justice. She used her online TV to show the world what Somalia has in store.

"He was a magnificent, creative guy who deeply cared for the (average) man.

I have known her as one person who always tells the world the positive side of Somalia through her online TV", tweeted the Garissa Township Member of Parliament.

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