AMISOM Condemns Mogadishu restaurant attack

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The African Union Mission in Somalia Sunday condemned yesterday’s car bomb attack which targeted civilians outside a popular restaurant in Mogadishu, killing at least two people and injuring several others.The African Union Mission in Somalia Sunday condemned yesterday’s car bomb attack which targeted civilians outside a popular restaurant in Mogadishu, killing at least two people and injuring several others.

The incident occurred when a car bomb exploded outside the Lido Restaurant. Eight vehicles were also destroyed by the blast, which is suspected to be the work of the Al Qaeda affiliated terror group, al Shabaab.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Somalia, Mahamat Annadif, termed the attack a heinous and cowardly assault on the people of Mogadishu.

“Such attacks demonstrate that the terrorists do not care about the welfare of ordinary Somalis. AMISOM, on the other hand, is committed to helping the Somali national security forces improve security for the country’s citizens,” he said.

Annadif sent his condolences to the family and friends of the victims of the attack and promised that they will continue supporting Somalia’s fight to eradicate what he called terrorist threats.

“AMISOM will continue to do everything in its power to support the Somali people and to ensure that the terrorist threat is eradicated so that the population can go about their daily lives without fear,” he added.

The attack was also condemned by Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon who said “terrorists will fail in their efforts to destabilise Somalia.”

The Prime Minister expressed his condolences to the families of those killed or injured in the car bomb attack targeting Lido Seafood Restaurant.

“Thanks to Somali security forces and AMISOM soldiers, terrorists have been expelled from Mogadishu and the security situation has been completely transformed. While we rebuild our country, all they offer is destruction. This is why Somalis have rejected them and this is why they will fail,” he said.

Over the last 18 months, Somali national security forces have pushed the Al-Shabaab group out of much of south and central Somalia.

Thousands of Somalis displaced by the years of anarchy have been returning to the country to take advantage of the relative peace and begin rebuilding their lives

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