SA "shocked" about Somali attacks

By Drum Digital
16 April 2013

The government has expressed shock at the violent attacks in the Somali capital of Mogadishu

at the weekend.

"South Africa condemns these abhorrent acts of terror, for which there can be no justification," international relations department spokesman Clayson Monyela said in a statement on Tuesday.

"It is deeply despairing that the attacks occurred just as Somalia is beginning to show clear signs of a return to normalcy following the 22-year long conflict."

Two attacks took place in the city on Sunday.

In the first, more than 34 people were killed and 58 were injured when a group of nine people posing as government officials detonated explosive vests while an other opened gunfire, killing 29, at a magistrate's court.

The second targeted a Turkish aid convoy, killing five people.

The attacks came a week after international warnings about imminent attacks by the extremist group, Al-Shabaab, in different parts of Somalia.

"The government and people of South Africa offer sincere condolences to the government and people of Somalia, as well as to the families and loved ones of the deceased," said Monyela.

-Sapa

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