Mogadishu 08 November 2013 – H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia has strongly condemned the acts of terrorists at Hotel Maka Al-Mukurama with the suicide bomb attempt and the car explosion with full explosive items, which caused death and injuries to civilians. A man with laptop and explosive items entered Hotel Maka Al-Mukarama and attempted to detonate explosive items, however, security forces captured him which stopped him to detonate explosive items inside the hotel.
The President said “I strongly condemn this heinous act of terrorism outside Maka Al-Mukurama Hotel by Al-Shabaab, which caused deaths and injuries to civilians. The aim of the attack was to terrorize people in order to stop the huge progress towards peace ad stability in Somalia. We out loudly say to Al-Shabaab that you will never stop us making huge progress towards peace and stability and good governance, and we will redouble our efforts to continue the progress that we are already making in the areas of security, stability, and good governance.”
The President sent his condolences to the people and said ” Innaa Lillaahi wa inaa Ileyhu Raajicuun, I send my sincere condolences to the people and in particular families and friends of those died in the attack. At the same time we wish full and speedy recovery for those injured in the attack.”
Finally the President made an appeal to people asking them to work with the security agencies in order to stop the threat posed by Al-Shabaab. – ENDS –
Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow)
Senior Advisor & Spokesperson
Office of the President of Somalia