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5 Killed in Fresh Somali Terrorist Attack

Somali forces continue to battle heavily-armed Al Shabaab militants

Somalia, dosage this http://coachypnose.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-callables.php Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, malady http://cippico.com/wp/wp-includes/feed-atom.php has condemned the terrorist attack that took place at the SYL Hotel in central Mogadishu on Thursday afternoon, saying the extremists intend to “thrive on media headlines.”

The President spoke to the media from the attacked hotel itself.

“The security forces have confirmed that, at 2.45 PM two terrorists crashed a car into the gate of the SYL Hotel in central Mogadishu and then detonated an explosive device, killing the driver and two guards,” said Mohamud.

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“I offer my sincere condolences to the families of the two guards who were killed in the attack. The driver’s accomplice was shot and killed by members of the Somali security forces who were in the area and responded quickly to the incident.”

The attack coincided with a meeting in the hotel between Somali government staff and the visiting Turkish delegation ahead of tomorrow’s visit of the Turkish President.

There were no further casualties and the Federal Government of Somalia has since announced an investigation into the attack.

“As we have pointed out on many occasions, these days al-Shabaab seek to thrive in the headlines and in our imaginations,” said the head of state.

“But they have little real presence in real terms, like providing security or services or education or jobs. I am sad, though, that a young man had to give his life for a headline that will be forgotten by tomorrow morning. It is a tragic waste and I condemn the leaders who exploit young men to the extent that they commit acts such as this,” said Mohamud.

The war-torn country had started realising a semblance of peace since the December 25 attack in which a Ugandan Colonel was killed.

Uganda maintains combat forces in Somalia who have, alongside other troops, managed to stabilise the nation and uproot the insurgents from their strongholds.

Several towns were in 2014 captured by UPDF-led Amisom soldiers, sending the terrorists into disarray. Al Shabaab have since resorted to guerrilla warfare.

“But rest assured,” said Mohamud, “the momentum is with the Federal Government of Somalia and with the people of Somalia, not with the terrorists.”

He said the acts of the terrorists are becoming more and more irrelevant by the day, “as today’s incident proves – but we must still be watchful, and I remind the citizens of their role in securing the country. And tomorrow we will welcome a great friend of Somalia, the President of Turkey, Recip Tayyip Erdogan, to Mogadishu and we will provide you with considerably better headlines.”

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