South Africa: Pretoria condemns Mogadishu terror attack

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Friday condemned the "cowardly and barbaric terrorist attacks” at Lido Beach in Mogadishu‚ Somalia.

Militants reportedly killed about 20 people after gunmen detonated a bomb before storming a popular seaside restaurant. Al Shabaab‚ a militant group aligned with al Qaeda‚ has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The office of President Jacob Zuma sent a message of deepest condolences to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud‚ the government and people of Somalia‚ as well as to the injured and the families of the victims.

“South Africa stands firmly with the African Union (AU) and the rest of the international community in condemning these senseless attacks targeting innocent civilians and reiterates its stance that terrorism‚ in whatever form and from whichever quarter‚ cannot be condoned‚” the statement said.

It added that Pretoria remains committed to supporting Somalia through capacity and institution-building projects “and calls on all groups and individuals who remain outside the political process to renounce violence‚ desist from cowardly acts of terrorism and join the peace-driven political processes of reconciliation to ensure the development and prosperity of Somalia”.
-0- PANA CU/VAO 22Jan2016

22 january 2016 15:18:07

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