US: US government condemns terrorist attacks in Somalia

New York, US (PANA) - The US government has condemned the terrorist attacks carried out on Sunday against the Ministry of Transport in Mogadishu and government offices in Galkaayo, capital of the north-central Mudug region of Somalia.

A US State Department statement, made available to PANA in New York on Monday, stated that the US expressed heartfelt condolences to those who were affected by the tragedy.

It noted that the Somali people continue to bear the brunt of the trauma and destabilization resulting from Al-Shabaab's vicious and persistent attacks, stressing that the US will continue to stand with the people of Somalia, the Federal Government of Somalia, and international partners to help to reclaim and rebuild a more peaceful, inclusive, and secure country for the citizens of Somalia.

The twin explosions in the city of Gaalkacyo, capital of the north-central Mudug region of Somalia, resulted in the death of 15 people and more than 80 injuries.

Among the victims were school children who died in the second blast.  

Al-Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the attack carried out in two vehicles laden with explosives that targeted a municipal government building near a crowded market.

Meanwhile, the US also condemned Sunday's attack on a wedding party in Gaziantep, Turkey.

"We extend heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of the victims and we wish a full and speedy recovery for the many who were wounded. We stand by our ally and partner Turkey and reaffirm our commitment to defeating the common threat of terrorism," a brief statement issued by the US State Department said.
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22 august 2016 14:31:09

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