On the evening of July 12, an explosion occurred in a hotel in the city of Kismayo (Somalia), followed by an armed attack. 26 people died, 56 were injured. The head of the region Jubaland Ahmed Mohamed said that among the dead there are foreigners: citizens of the United States, Kenya, Tanzania and one citizen of Great Britain. Also one of the candidates running for the upcoming regional elections died.
Responsible for the attack took the radical Islamist group “Al-Shabab” (“Movement of young mojaheds”). The organization is based in Somalia and cooperates with the international terrorist group Al-Qaida, banned in Russia. Al-Shabab fighters are organizing armed attacks against the central government of the African state, as well as trying to obstruct the humanitarian activities of the United Nations.