Somali president condemns Kismayo terror attack

Mogadishu, 13 July 2019: Leaders of the Federal Government of Somalia have strongly condemned Friday’s terror attack by Al-Shabaab militants on a hotel in the port city of Kismayo which left at least 26 dead and wounded dozens.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo sent condolences to the families and friends who lost their beloved ones in the attack.

“My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and friends who lost their brothers and sisters. The extremists are revealing to us their enmity by targeting civilians and beautiful souls,” the president said.

The president urged security agencies to increase their vigilance to prevent attacks from Al-Shabaab militants which he said were aimed at harming Jubbaland’s stability.

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre also condemned the attack and sent his condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the attack.

Eyewitnesses told Somaliaffairs that security forces on Saturday morning managed to end Al-Shabaab’s siege on the hotel, killing all the attackers after a long gun battle. The security forces said they rescued many, including civilians and lawmakers.

The attack was also condemned by the EU, UK and AU envoys in the country. The ambassadors described the attack as senseless, cowardly and evil.