MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
An African regional bloc on Monday condemned the
Al-Shabaab terror attack on Sunday that killed 15 people in
Somalia and vowed to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) pledged
all-out efforts to bring lasting peace, stability and economic
development in the country.
“IGAD condemns in
the strongest terms possible the Al-Shabab terror attack of
Sunday that killed innocent citizens and injured others in
Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia,” it said in a statement.
terror attack which was targeting Somalia’s new military chief
is a failure that once again showed Al-Shabaab terror group’s
disrespect for human life and civilians’ protection,” the bloc
IGAD said the terror
group is bent on destroying every gain realized by “this long
suffering nation that heroically overcame two decades of war and
The bloc regretted
that the militants are still causing much harm despite being
weeded out of most areas by the Somalia national forces and the
AU forces, and even after being downgraded to the level of
The East Africa bloc
that spearheaded efforts to establish the Somali government
offered it condolences to the government and the people of
Somalia’s new army
chief Ahmed Mohamed Jimale Irfid survived the suicide car bomb
attack that killed at least 15 people near his convoy in
Mogadishu. Senior defense ministry officials had just passed the
scene a few minutes ago.
militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The insurgents have increased their attacks since Somali
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared an all-out war with
the group and gave the them 60 days to surrender.