Egypt condemns 'in strongest terms' attack on Somali beach restaurant

Ahram Online , Friday 26 Aug 2016

A Somali policeman looks at the wreckage of a vehicle destroyed by a car bomb at the Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, August 25, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt condemned on Friday “in strongest terms” the terrorist attack that hit Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least 10 people at a seaside restaurant.

In an official statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman expressed his condolences for the families of the victims, stressing that Egypt stands by the Somali government and people in their fight against terrorism.

The spokesman called on the international community to "intensify efforts to combat terrorism and provide all support for the stability and safety of Somalia."

On Thursday, Somali police said a car bomb detonated outside the Banadir Beach Club in the Lido area before gunmen stormed the building.

According to the BBC, security forces said they killed two attackers and arrested one other after a six-hour operation.

The militant Islamist group Al-Shabab stages regular attacks in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia.

Earlier this year, Al-Shabab gunmen detonated a bomb before bursting into the Lido Sea Food Restaurant and spraying gunfire at customers, killing some 20 people, according to AFP.  

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