ADDIS ABABA – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has condemned Strongly the deadly terrorist attack In Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday morning.
Police confirmed the death of eight people while 23 others, including the pupils, were injured in the attack that has been claimed by the al-Shabab militant group.
In a statement, IGAD’s Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu said he “strongly condemns the heinous and reprehensible terrorist attack” which also destroys parts of a school and hospital in the capital.
Workneh also said he “shares the grief of all peace-loving Somalis, and conveys his sincerest condolence to the government and people of Somalia and the families of the victims of the attack,” it said.
Local media reports said the blast occurred during the morning rush hour near the busy Kilometre Four junction.
Reports said the suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden vehicle targeted a convoy of a private security firm, Duguf, which is contracted to protect the UN.
Featured Image caption: The blast occurred during the morning rush hour [Photo AFP]