Egypt condemns deadly bomb blasts in Somalia that killed dozens

Ahram Online , Sunday 15 Oct 2017

Twin car bombs were detonated in central Mogadishu on Monday, with the Somali government saying Al-Shebab is responsible

Abu Zeid
Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt has condemned the two bomb blasts that struck the heart of Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Monday killing over 180 people.

The Egyptian foreign ministry issued a statement on Sunday condemning the attacks and saying that Egypt backs the east African country in its fight against terrorism.

"Egypt affirms that its government and people will stand by the government and people of Somailia to confront terrorism," the statement read.

On Monday, a truck bomb detonated in a busy central area of Mogadishu lined with government offices and hotels. Two hours later, a second bomb blast struck the city's Madina district.

The twin attack is among the deadliest since an Islamist insurgency began in the country in 2007.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Somalia's government has blamed the Al-Qaeda-linked extremist grou Al-Shebab.

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