The death toll from a hotel attack in Somalia rose to 26 on Saturday with victims including Kenyans, Tanzanians, Americans, a Briton, a Canadian as well as prominent Somali politicians.
A local police officer, Colonel Abdikadir Noor, told the Associated Press that the shooting lasted more than 14 hours. He said all terrorists were shot dead inside the hotel.
Jubbaland President Ahmed Mohammed said in a statement that the attacks carried out al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab have also killed a presidential candidate in the upcoming regional elections.
Foreign media reports that more than 50 people were injured.
"The operation is over. The four attackers were shot dead," police officer Major Mohamed Abdi told Reuters news agency by telephone from Kismayo.
A journalists' group confirmed two journalists were among the dead; Hodan Naleyah, founder of Integration TV, and Mohamed Sahal Omar, a reporter from SBC TV in Kismayo.