Kismayo


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Kismayo

(kĭsmī`ō) or

Kismayu

(kĭsmī`o͞o), town (1984 est. pop. 70,000), SW Somalia, on the Indian Ocean. It is the principal town and port of the Jubbada Hoose region. Kismayo was founded in 1872 by the sultan of Zanzibar, passed to Great Britain in 1887, and was held until 1924, when it was transferred to Italian control. The town has several mosques and a palace that was constructed by the sultan.
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The Kismayo Baidoa urban water supply project will bolster quality of life, inclusiveness and resilience through increased access to safe water, as well as improved sanitation and water delivery services in Kismayo in Jubbaland state and Baidoa in South West state.
Tension is already high in Kismayo following last month's Al-Shabab bombing of the Asasey hotel in which at least 26 people died, including a prominent journalist and several foreigners.
Kismayo is the commercial capital of Jubaland, an area in southern Somalia, which Al Shabaab Al- Mujahedeen are still partially controlling.
Kismayo resident Osman Nur told Reuters that the explosion had destroyed huge parts of the hotel and nearby businesses and security forces were deployed all over the city.
The terrorist attack in the port city of Kismayo also left more than 50 people seriously injured.
Three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Americans and a Briton also were among the dead, 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.
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.
CAIRO, July 13 (KUNA) -- The Cairo-based Arab League on Saturday condemned the "terrorist" attack on a hotel in Kismayo city south of Somalia that killed and wounded dozens of civilians on Friday.
A journalists' group confirmed two journalists were among the dead; Somali-Canadian Hodan Naleyah, founder of Integration TV, and Mohamed Sahal Omar, a reporter from SBC TV in Kismayo.
Officials and survivors say a suicide bomber rammed a car containing explosives into the Asasey hotel in the port of Kismayo, and gunmen then stormed the building.
In a post on social media on Monday, QTerminals said the service will call on the Mogadishu and Kismayo ports in Somalia and provides the opportunity for direct trade between the two countries with "a regular service and the fastest transit".
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