US speaks after al-Shabaab kills 23 in Somalia


The United States strongly condemned the terrorist attacks carried out over the weekend against the Ministry of Transport in Mogadishu and government offices in Galkaayo.

“We express our heartfelt condolences to those who were affected by today’s tragedy,” Mark C. Toner, the Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC, said in a statement.

“We note the Galkaayo attack detonated near an open market, resulting in the death of 15 people and more than 80 injuries.”

A pair of suicide car bombings struck a government building in Somalia on Sunday, killing 23 people, including two attackers, authorities told CNN.

Many of the fatalities are students and local traders who were at a nearby school and market in the town of Galkayo, police said.

One bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into the main gate of the building, killing several people, local police Capt. Abdi Hassan said.

Minutes later, as people gathered to help the wounded, a second car bomb exploded. At least one police officer was killed, authorities said.

Al-Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the bombings, wants to turn Somalia into an Islamist state.

Al-Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the bombings, wants to turn Somalia into an Islamist state.

The terror group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted a government compound housing administrative offices, police said.

The group’s spokesman, Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu Musab, spoke to Andalus Radio, a pro-militant station.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Omar A Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke strongly condemned the attack, describing it “barbaric and heinous.”

A representative of UN Secretary-General in Somalia Michael Keating issued this statement: “This act of terror highlights the vulnerability of Somali civilians including children to actors who continue to use violence to achieve their objectives.”

Toner said the Somali people continue to bear the brunt of the trauma and destabilization resulting from al-Shabaab’s vicious and persistent attacks.

“The United States will continue to stand with the people of Somalia, the Federal Government of Somalia, and our international partners to help to reclaim and rebuild a more peaceful, inclusive, and secure country for the citizens of Somalia.”



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