In Somalia, gunmen killed a reported 26 people after they stormed and took siege on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayo. The dead include Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians, as well as at least two journalists and a candidate for August’s regional elections.
The victims also included Somali-Canadian journalist and popular social media figure Hodan Nalayeh, who focused on covering the beauty of her native country and its people. She moved back to Somalia just last year after 30 years away. She was pregnant and had two children.