AMISON slams attack on Mogadishu mosque by al-Shabab


Friday August 10, 2018

MOGADISHU,  (Xinhua) — The African Union Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM) on Thursday condemned recent attack on a mosque in Mogadishu’s
Hamar Jajab district in which one person was killed.

Francisco Caetano Madeira, the AU Special Representative for Somalia,
noted that the killings targeting defenseless children and youth, had
all the hallmarks of the terror group.

“They (al-Shabab) have descended to the lowest point. They are
desperate and are seeking to make headlines by such despicable acts,”
Madeira said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

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The al-Qaida allied terrorist group on the evening of Aug. 4 attacked
worshippers during “Maqrib” prayers and shot one person before escaping
with his gun.

“I am dismayed at this sacrilegious act. The attack confirms that
al-Shabab have neither respect for Islam, whose teachings abhor the
shedding of innocent blood, nor for holy places of worship,” said
Madeira, who is also head of AMISOM.

He reiterated the AU mission’s commitment to work with the Somali
security forces and other partners, to put an end to the indiscriminate
killings; and the wanton attacks on mosques, hotels and other social
places.

Madeira, who criticized the abhorrent acts of cowardice, visited on
the country’s vulnerable groups, denounced wanton killings and
abductions of young children by the terror group.

He expressed concerns over the increase of drive-by shootings on
innocent hardworking youth. “Somalia is losing some of its most
resourceful people through these killings,” he stated.

The increased attacks take place across Somalia despite increased
joint military operations by the allied forces in the areas Mogadishu
and its environs.

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