The death toll in last Friday’s Kismayo terror attack has risen to 26 as 56 others are reported injured.
Among the dead were three Kenyans, three Tanzania’s, one Briton and one Canadian as the Al-Shabaab took credit for the attack.
The Kisimayo attack began when a suicide bomber rammed into a vehicle with explosives into the Medina hotel before heavily armed gunmen made their way inside shooting.
The Friday incident lasted for 12 hours ending on Saturday morning when security forces intervened their attack.
One terrorist who was among the last one to leave the scene is said to have been shot dead during the intervention by the security forces.
One Chinese national is also reported to have sustained serious injuries alongside one popular social media activist and local journalist who were later feared dead.
The journalist was later confirmed to be Mohamed Sahal and the social media activist was identified as Hodan Naleyeh who perished together with her husband.
The terror attack which was described as the largest for a very long time saw chaos as people fled to nearby buildings following the attack.
Most of the occupants in the building are said to be politicians and traders who were planning an upcoming regional election.
It will be noted that for over a decade now A-Shabaab fighters have tried to topple the government through a series of attacks.
Even though they have lost a number of strongholds they once held like Mogadishu, they are still occupying rural areas as they continue to stage war against the government.
Currently their number is feared to have increased from 5,000 to 9,000.