26 killed in hours-long al-Shabab hotel siege in Somalia


(Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images) A man passes in front of the rubbles of the popular Medina hotel of Kismayo on July 13, 2019, a day after dozens were killed and over 50 people injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants.

Forty-three-year-old Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh and her husband Faird Jama Suleiman were among those who did not survive these attacks.

Since the attacks, Canadians have shared their love and support on Twitter.

"People save all their lives to have a retirement by the beach, yet, we have plenty of it and can not see its value. Let's appreciate the handsome blessings we have", she wrote in an earlier posting.

A presidential candidate for upcoming regional elections was also killed in the assault, Mohamed added.

Al-Shabaab, which is allied with al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attack. "That was Hodan. She always looked beyond". "She would say, 'It's tough in the beginning, but always push through and don't give up on your passion'".

In messages of condolence posted on Facebook, Texas-based Imam Omar Suleiman wrote, "She used to always take the time to send me kind messages after listening to a lecture and blew away everyone that knew her with her generous spirit".

Separately, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, general secretary of the Federation of Somali Journalists, said in a statement: "We are saddened and outraged by this loss of life, and condemn in the strongest possible terms this appalling massacre". During its run she interviewed guests including former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne.

Nalayeh was also the founder of the Somali Refugees Awareness Project, a non-profit organization that advocates for Somali refugees across the world.

"I went back to work three months after giving birth". Ibrahim never met Nalayeh face-to-face, but he valued her work so much that he said it felt like he had "lost a family member", he said.

A Somali-Canadian journalist who used her platform to share "uplifting and inspiring" cultural stories with global audiences was killed Friday, after a vehicle bomb exploded at a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayo.

Halayeh's death sparked an outpouring of grief on social media. The couple was married last November in Kenya, according to her sister.

"Her attractive spirit shined through her work and the way she treated people". "We are still fighting inside the hotel", he said.