Press Release

15 April 2013

South Africa condemns attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia

The South African Government is deeply shocked at the violent attacks that took place on Sunday, 14 April 2013, in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, resulting in the deaths of more than 34 civilians and the injury of 58.

South Africa condemns these abhorrent acts of terror, for which there can be no justification. 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.

The first attack targeted the newly formed Magistrate’s court in Mogadishu, in which nine attackers, adorned in uniform and posing as government officials, detonated explosive vests, while others opened gunfire on civilians, leaving 29 dead. A second attack followed shortly thereafter, targeting a Turkish aid convoy that is in Somalia to help the Somali population, this attack killed 5 people.

The bombings come a week after international warnings of imminent attacks by 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.

The South African Government calls on all armed groups, particularly Al-Shabaab, to renounce violence and engage the legitimate Government of President Hassan Mohamoud in a constructive manner towards peace and reconciliation, with a view to finding a lasting solution to the conflict of Somalia.

For further information please contact Mr. Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for DIRCO, on 082 884 5974

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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