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Hodan Nalayeh, Journalist and Founder of Integration TV, Has Been Killed In Hotel Attack In Somalia

Somali officials say Al-Shabab was behind the gunfire and bomb attack on a hotel in southern Somalia where journalists and politicians are among the dead.

Somali officials say there are several casualties resulting from a suicide bomb and gun attack by Al-Shabab in Kismayo, Somalia, Al-Jazeera reports.

According to authorities, a suicide bomber crashed a car loaded with explosives into The Medina—a popular hotel in the port city in the southern part of the country. Legislators and local elders were convening there to discuss an upcoming local election.

"The toll may increase since the attack is not over yet," Abdi Dhuhul, security official, tells AFP. He notes that among the dead are a former local administration minister, a legislator, as well as journalists and politicians.

Reuters adds that Hodan Nalayeh, TV journalist and founder of Integration TV, her husband Farid Jama Suleiman, former minister of commerce of Jubbaland Federal State and Mohamed Omar Sahal, SBC TV correspondent, are among those killed.


Nalayeh, who was also an honoree in OkayAfrica's 2019 100 Women list, was on a mission to show the world that African stories are not only nuanced, but valid—especially through the stories she cultivated on the ground utilizing social media in her dear country of Somalia.

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She was a 13-year media and marketing vet, with American shows including American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance on her list of credits. Learn more about her story here.

The Somali community have gathered online to mourn those lost including the life of Nalayeh. Here are some of their reflections below.









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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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