Egypt condemns terror attack against military barracks in Djibouti

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Oct 2022

Egypt has strongly condemned the terrorist attack which targeted a military barracks in Djibouti, killing seven Djibouti soldiers.

Egypt condemns rebel attack against military barracks in Djibouti. AFP


"Egypt extends its deepest condolences and sincere sympathy for the government and people of Djibouti as well as the families of the victims, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery,” said the foreign ministry in a statement on Sunday.

The soldiers were killed in an assault by a rebel group on a military barracks in Garabtisan in the north of the country in the early hours of Friday leaving seven dead, four wounded and six missing.

The country blamed the attack on the "Armed FRUD" (Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy), according to a Djiboutian defence ministry statement.

The statement described it as a "terrorist group," adding "this gang is well known for its odious and criminal acts of terrorising and pillaging in remote areas of the country."

All efforts were being made to pursue the assailants and find the missing, the statement said.

The FRUD – which recruits among the Afar community of northern Djibouti – launched a rebellion against the government in 1991, saying it wanted to defend Afar interests against the Issas, the other large ethnic community in the country.

The group later splintered and while the FRUD is now a member of the ruling UMP coalition that backs long-serving President Ismail Omar Guelleh, the armed wing remains committed to violence.

In a statement reported by AFP, the FRUD condemned the attack, saying "it is a terrorist act aimed at creating a climate of war and instability in our country."

Djibouti is located on the northeast coast of the Horn of Africa.

It is also located at the crossroad of one of the world's busiest shipping where the Red Sea joins the Gulf of Aden.

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