Somalia bombing draws international condemnation
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The United States, United Kingdom, Turkey and European Union condemned Al-Shabaab attack in Mogadishu, which comes as Somalia struggles to revive its national army in addition to improving stability and relations with other nations.
Police said at least 8 people were killed and 17 injured in the car bomb attack in Mogadishu. Police also confirmed that the target was a convoy belonging to a local security company that “guards the UN”. Police did not say whether any UN personnel were injured in the blast.
In a tweet, the EU delegation to Somalia condemned the attack, noting that the violence unleashed by Al-Shabaab will not deter the Somali people from building their country. The EU also offered its condolences to the families of the deceased.
“The EU delegation in Somalia expresses its strong condemnation of the bombing in Mogadishu this morning and of Al Shabaab’s senseless terror campaign. The violence will not derail the EU’s resolve to help the Somali people Our hearts go out to the families and relatives of the victims, the EU noted.
For its part, Washington also condemned the attack, noting that it will continue to work with Somalia in an effort to thwart terrorism. In addition, the United States noted that the Somali people deserve to live without any form of fear.
“Our hearts go out to the victims of this morning’s bombing and to the families of those tragically killed and injured. The United States strongly condemns all forms of terrorism. The Somali people deserve to live without fear of attack. “, noted the United States.
Turkey said: We are saddened to learn that at least 8 people lost their lives and many were injured in the bomb explosion which took place today (November 25) near a school from Hodan District in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Ankara strongly condemned the “heinous terrorist attack” and offered its condolences to the friendly and brotherly people and to the Government of Somalia. Turkey says it will continue to support Somalia in its fight against terrorism.
Immediately after the explosion, Al-Shabaab media reported that the group was responsible for the explosion, adding that it was a suicide car bomb that targeted a convoy escorting “white officers.” From General Gordon’s training camp.
The group still dominates large rural areas of central and southern Somalia and targets innocent civilians, security forces and government officials. The government has yet to release a statement regarding the latest bombing in the capital.