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Egypt condemns terror attack on a training camp in Somalia

Thursday 14/December/2017 - 03:25 PM
Sada El Balad
Hassanein Tayea
In an official statement issued by the Foreign Ministry، Egypt condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a police training camp in the Somalia Capital of Mogadishu.
The statement expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims، wishing a speedy recovery for the injured، stressing the Egyptian government and people’s firm stance with Somalia in the face of terrorism.

He also stressed Egypt's full support for the Somali government to rebuild state institutions and achieve security and stability in the country.
The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militant group has claimed responsibility for bombing attack on a police training camp in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu، killing at least 17 officers and injuring 20 others.

The casualties took place on Thursday، when an assailant infiltrated the General Kahiye Police Training Academy during an early morning parade and detonated the explosives strapped around his waist and torso.

“A man wearing an explosive vest entered the camp disguised as a policeman، and blew himself up،” police officer Mohamed Abdulle said. “Medical rescuers are still working on evacuating the casualties.”
The Takfiri militant group was forced out of the capital by African Union troops in 2011 but still controls parts of the countryside and carries out attacks against government، military، and civilian targets in Mogadishu and regional towns.

The extremist group is just one of the challenges facing the new Somali government، which is still struggling to expand its authority beyond the capital and other selected areas.

The Thursday attack comes as the African Union is finalizing plans to trim its peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM)، which was deployed a decade ago to help secure the Somali government.

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