The Somali journalists association confirmed that two journalists were among those killed in the Kismayo hotel attack. The organization controls territories in central and southern Somalia, from where it attacks civilian and government installations extending also into Kenya, in retaliation for the military actions in Nairobi. "The four attackers were shot dead", he said.
Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia's weak United Nations -backed government, immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Regional politicians and clan elders maintain been within the hotel discussing an upcoming regional election at the time of the attack.
Security officials cordoned off the site of the attack and prevented journalists from taking photos or video of the damaged hotel and in some cases destroyed journalists' cameras. Government officials have not been available for further interviews.
She died in the attack together with her husband, Farid, according to local reports. What a loss to us.
Nalayeh founded the media platform Integration TV to tell stories about life in Somalia and in the Somali Diaspora. She became the world's first woman Somali media owner, according to statements she made to Canada's Status of Women committee in 2014.
Hodan Nalayeh, a prominent Somali-Canadian journalist and YouTube star, was critically wounded during the attack and later died in hospital, police captain Mahad Abdia told CNN.
"I admired her so much for her work, and I'm still proud of her for giving back to the Somali community", she said.
"On behalf of the Somali Journalists Syndicate and the Somali media fraternity, we send our honest condolences to the families, colleagues and friends who lost the two journalists Hodan Naleyeh and Mohamed Omar Sahal", Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, the Secretary General of Somali Journalists Syndicate said. But the mother of two had recently returned to Somalia.
"In Ontario, Hodan launched IntegrationTV to tell the lovely stories of the Somali Diaspora, and took that same humanity and love to her reporting and storytelling in Somalia".
The family relocated to Toronto in 1992, and Nalayeh later completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Windsor and worked in sales and business, she said. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will work with the Federal Government of Somalia, its member states and the global community to track down and bring the perpetrators of such an act to justice.