Addisabeba(FMN)-Ethiopia has expressed its deepest condolences to the government and people of Somalia following the deadly attack that killed scores of innocent civilians and wounded many more in Mogadishu, Somalia on Saturday (October 14).
In his condolence letter to Mr. Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Prime Minister Hailemariam on Monday (October 16) noted “ On behalf of the people and Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and that of my own, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy and deep condolences to the Government of the Federal Republic of Somali, the bereaved families and those injured in the attack.” Premier reiterated that the incident is a reminder that the war on terror is not yet over and that radical terrorist organization still continue to pose a threat to Somali and the region at large.
Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh also sent message of condolence to his counter-part Mr. Yusuf Garaad Omar reaffirming the commitment of his Government to further strengthening the fight against terrorism and extremism. He underscored Ethiopia’s unflinching desire to stand behind the people and Government of Somalia.
Michael Keating, the UN special envoy to Somalia, called the attack “revolting”. The US mission to Somalia said: “Such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism.”
The death toll in the bombing that hit the center of Mogadishu on Saturday continues to rise, with more than 300 people now believed to have been killed and hundreds more seriously injured.