Qatar, U.S.A & UN Condemns Explosion Targeting Municipality of Somali Capital

The State of Qatar expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the explosion that targeted the Municipality of Mogadishu building, causing deaths and injuries.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated the State of Qatar’s firm stance on rejecting violence and terrorism, regardless of motives and reasons.

The statement expressed the State of Qatar’s condolences to the victims’ families, the government and the people of Somalia, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the July 24 terrorist attack in Mogadishu.  We offer our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the victims who were killed.

We also pray for those who were injured, including Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman.  We commend the Somali security forces and first responders who provided care in the aftermath of this attack.

This attack yet again demonstrates al-Shabaab’s disregard for the lives of the Somali people and they are an obstacle to progress towards peace and prosperity in Somalia.

We affirm our strong commitment to the people and government of Somalia and to assist collective efforts to degrade terror groups and build a stronger and prosperous Somalia that offers a brighter future for its people.

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, strongly condemns the suicide attack that took place in the offices of Mogadishu’s mayor today and which has reportedly led to casualties, with the mayor among them.
“I deplore this heinous attack which not only demonstrates a violent disregard for the sanctity of human life, but also targets Somalis working to improve the lives of their fellow Somalis in the Mogadishu-Banadir region,” Mr. Swan said. “The United Nations stands with the people and government of Somalia in their rejection of such terrorist acts, and our thoughts are with the victims of this attack.”
Initial media reports indicate that a suicide bomb was detonated within the municipal premises during a meeting, leaving several people dead and injured. According to reports, Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman ‘Engineer Yarisow’ has been injured.
The UN Special Representative had met the mayor and members of his team earlier in the day to hear first-hand about the progress and challenges in the capital and surrounding area.
Mr. Swan, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), extends his condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wishes a swift recovery to the injured.