1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Abdullahi Mohamed Hersi, known as Qorax, a member of former parliament and now a candidate of the upcoming Jubbaland presidential election:
"We were very much saddened to hear that there was an accident, an attack, very horrific attack where a dozen of people including candidates and very senior people who have been - you know - the key to the society were killed and murdered - blood cold murdered - so we are very much worried about the security of Jubbaland and we are very suspicious about the act which coincided during the peak of election campaign where everybody is preparing for the campaign the election date and the incumbent president is not happy about the process and maybe, we are not sure whether he is involved or not but we are saying we want and we demand full investigation about the whole incident and what caused and how the group infiltrated the center of the town and we want full explanation about that ."
Kismayo - 13 July 2019
2. Wide shot of destruction from explosion (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE)
3. Various of destroyed hotel (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE)
Somali forces Saturday morning ended an all-night siege on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayo, in which the death toll has risen to 26 people, including a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist and several foreigners, officials say.
Abdullahi Mohamed Hersi, known as Qorax, a member of former parliament and now a candidate of the upcoming Jubbaland presidential election said he was "very much saddened" by the attack.
He demanded a full investigation into the incident.
Those killed include three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Americans, one Canadian and one Briton, said Ahmed Madobe, the president of Jubbaland regional state which controls Kismayo. Fifty-six people, including two Chinese, were injured in the hotel attack, he told reporters.
At least four al-Shabab assailants attacked the Asasey Hotel Friday evening, beginning with a suicide car bomb at the entrance gate and followed by an assault by gunmen who stormed the hotel, which is frequented by politicians, patrons and lawmakers.
The attack lasted more than 14 hours before troops shot dead all attackers inside the hotel compound, Col. Abdiqadir Nur, a local police officer, told The Associated Press.
Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, often uses car bombs to infiltrate heavily fortified targets like the hotel in Kismayo, which has been relatively quiet in recent years.
Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh and her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman, died in the attack, Mogadishu-based independent radio station Radio Dalsan confirmed to AP.