UPDATE: At least one American among the 27 dead in terrorist attack on hotel in Somalia


At least one American is among the 27 who died in a terrorist attack on a hotel in Somalia on Saturday, and the U.S. State Department said it is still working to confirm whether other American citizens were hurt or killed in the assault.

Al Shabaab, an Islamic terrorist group linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack that lasted more than 14 hours. The assault on the Asasey hotel in the Somali port of Kismayo began with a suicide bomber ramming a car packed with explosives and continued with a long gun battle, leaving 27 people dead and 56 injured, Somalia’s Minister for Planning and Development Aden Ibrahim Aw Hirshi said Saturday.

The article goes on to state the following:

Fourteen people were airlifted to Mogadishu, the Somali capital, for treatment, Aw Hirshi said.

“This is an attack meant to derail progress in Somalia as the country rebuilds and consolidates the gains made on peace and security,” Somalia’s Ambassador Francisco Madeira said. “The attackers are a group of people with criminal, murderous and destructive agenda. They cannot claim to be fighting to bring good governance to the country.”

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