Kenya: IGAD condemns Al Shabab terror attack in Somalia

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has condemned the terror attack in Somalia, which killed 20 people on Sunday in Galkayo city of Puntland state and wounded 20 people.

“We condemn in the strongest words possible the terrorist Al Shabab group’s car bomb attacks on civilians and security forces perpetrated on the 21 August 2016 in the Somali city of Galkayo killing 20 people,” IGAD Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim said on Monday.

“It is our belief that this atrocious terror attack will not discourage the Somali government and the Somali people from preparing themselves for general elections, a very much expected historic and highly significant political exercise,” Maalim said.

IGAD sent its heartfelt condolences to Puntland State of Somalia, the Federal Government of Somalia, and the people of Somalia as well as to the families who lost their loved ones and wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured in the attacks.

“This terror crime is abhorrent as it is meant to discourage the heroic people of Somalia from rebuilding their shattered homeland after more than two decades of war and destruction,” Maalim said.

IGAD declared it was, more than ever, ready to support the Somali government and people whose exemplary enthusiasm in rebuilding their country, is a ray of hope to all people who face the same challenges all over the world.

“Terror groups should realize that these atrocities will never deter the Somali people from their legitimate and determined quest of a peaceful, democratic and prosperous nation,” IGAD said.

-0- PANA AO/AR 22Aug2016

22 august 2016 18:59:40

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