Somaliland: AU Pays Tribute to the 587 Somalis Killed on 14th Oct 2017

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A Suicide bomber using a truck killed 587 and injured 316 in Mogadishu on 14th October 2017

Somalilandsun- Today is a special day of remembrance and prayer, for the more than 587 fallen Somali brothers and sisters; and the 316 who sustained injuries.

This was contained in a Statement by the AU Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, on the first anniversary of last October’s heinous bomb attack on Mogadishu

Quote- May the Almighty Allah rest the souls of our departed brothers and sisters in peace, and continue to comfort our injured ones.

As we commemorate 12 months since the people of Somalia fell victim of the most senseless mass murder perpetrated by Al-Shabaab against innocent Somali men, women and children, I wish, on behalf of the African Union Commission, the entire AMISOM family and on my own behalf, to reiterate our rejection and strong condemnation of this heinous crime.

We pay tribute to the resilient people of Somalia, who endured the pain but did not succumb to the whims of a blood thirsty group, which rejects peace and continues to maim and destroy lives.

AU Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira

We Salute the Somali National Security Forces who were not deterred by this barbaric act and are, today, dislodging the terrorist group from its strong holds in Balcad and Marka, in lower and Middle Shabelle regions.

I reiterate the AU and AMISOM continued commitment, and engagement with the people and the government of Somalia, in our joint endeavor to restore peace and stability in the country.Unquote
Press statement released by the AMISOM Media Centre in Mogadishu au-amisomhom@africa-union.org