Posted on Monday, 27 June 2016 13:09

IGAD condemns Somalia hotel attack

By Tinishu Solomon

Photo©Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP/SIPAThe Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African regional bloc, has condemned a terrorist attack on a Somalia Hotel on Saturday that killed at least 20 people, including a government minister.

Islamic extremist group, al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the latest in a series of hotel attacks in the country's capital, Mogadishu.

IGAD condemns in the strongest words possible the senseless violence 

"IGAD condemns in the strongest words possible the senseless violence incurred by this terror group known as a desperate group, which has no respect for human life," the bloc said in a statement.

Somalia's Environment minister, Buri Mohamed Hamza, was among the dead, according to country's foreign ministry.

IGAD described Buri as "a man of great knowledge and insight, who was among the victims, depriving the IGAD region of one of its finest sons".

The terrorists set off a car bomb outside the Hotel Naso-Hablod Saturday afternoon before gunmen fought their way inside. A witness told Associated Press they began shooting randomly at hotel guests.

Police stormed the hotel and engaged the gunmen in a firefight

Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud condemned the attack, the second by al-Shabab in the country in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Earlier this month, at least 10 people were killed and 50 injured in an attack on another hotel in the Somali capital, which al-Shabab claimed.

The group was driven from the capital in 2011, but still remains a threat and frequently carries out attacks in the city.

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