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At least one Briton has been confirmed as dead following a suicide bomb and gun attack by Al-Shabaab militants on a hotel in southern Somalia, a security official said.
The death toll from the attack has risen to 26, including Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians, Jubbaland region's president Ahmed Mohamed said on Saturday.
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Canadian-Somalia journalist Hodan Naleyeh and her husband Farid have also been confirmed as dead.
Authorities said a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the popular Medina hotel in the southern port town of Kismayo before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting as they went.
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The attack is the latest in a long line of bombing and assaults claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked group.
'We have confirmed the death of seven people including a former local administration minister and a lawmaker,' said Abdi Dhuhul, a security official. 'The toll may increase since the attack is not over yet.'
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Witnesses said among those killed were a well-known social media activist, her husband and a local journalist.
'The blast rocked the popular Medina hotel formerly known as Cascasey which is located in downtown Kismayo,' said security official Abdiweli Mohamed.
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'Several gunmen entered and started shooting but the security forces responded quickly and engaged in a gunfight with the terrorists inside the building,' he added.
'The blast was very big,' said witness Hussein Muktar.
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'There is chaos inside, I saw several dead bodies carried from the scene and people are fleeing from the nearby buildings,' Muktar said.
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