Mogadishu, 1 March 2019 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, strongly condemns the terrorist attack in the Somali capital yesterday.

On Thursday night, vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) targeting a hotel killed and injured innocent civilians in one of the city’s busy streets. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The attack on Hotel Makkah Al-Mukarammah and other nearby businesses by Al-Shabaab is yet another proof that the militants have no respect for human rights or regard for the sanctity of human life. Their selfish aim is to scuttle the progress so far achieved by the federal and state governments and their development partners in stabilizing Somalia,” said Ambassador Francisco Madeira.

The AU Special Representative expresses solidarity with the federal government of Somalia and sends his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. He prays for the quick recovery of those who sustained injuries.

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Lt Colonel Richard Omwenga – Spokesperson,
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