SA calls for end to Somalia violence
Johannesburg - South Africa on Wednesday called for an end to violence in Somalia after a suicide car bomb killed more than 70 people in the capital Mogadishu.
"The South African government hereby reiterates that violence and counter-violence, aggression and acts of terror are counter-productive and will not serve to deliver peace and security to the Horn of Africa," the international relations department said in a statement.
A suicide bomber on Tuesday detonated an explosives-laden truck at a government compound in Mogadishu, unleashing a powerful blast that mowed down dozens and wounded more than 100 others.
South Africa was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the attacks, which happened close to a South African relief team and also wounded students who were due to write scholarship examinations for overseas study.
"Such acts only lead to the deterioration of the situation in the war-torn region and render the people of Somalia more vulnerable to human and natural disasters," it said.
"We therefore call on all political stakeholders to refrain from such acts of indiscriminate killings and resolve to work towards a political solution that is inclusive of all clans, parties and factions and restore peace, stability and order to Somalia."