Visiting President survives Somalia terror attack

Turkey President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE Security Council, United Nations’ supreme body, has reiterated the need to bring perpetrators and sponsors of terror to justice following an attack feared to have targeted Turkey President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visiting Somalia.

This past weekend, members of the Al-Shabaab group carried out the deadly attack on the Ambassador Hotel, Mogadishu.

Erdogan was unharmed but two legislators are among at least 16 people killed and 55 more wounded in a car bomb and gun attack on the hotel in the centre of the capital city.

The five-storey building was extensively damages following the attack coinciding with the visit by the Turkish President.

It was not the first time the hotel, popular with politicians, was targeted.

In February, at least nine people were killed when Al-Shabab fighters set off a car bomb at the gate of a popular park near a hotel in the capital.

In January, an attack on a beach-front restaurant killed at least 17 people.

Members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constituted one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice,” a spokesperson said.

Al-Shabaab is fighting an insurgency against the internationally-recognized Somali Federal Government.

– CAJ News

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