African Union slams hotel attack in Somalia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has condemned an al Shabaab attack on a hotel in the port town of Kismayo in southern Somalia where 33 were killed last week.

The African Union council called the attack as ‘coward terrorist one’ which it said targeted the hotel, a civilian compound deliberately.

The council expressed its heartfelt condolences to the families that lost their beloved ones and wished a prompt recovery to those injured during the attack.

The African Union reiterated its full support to the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and its personnel.

It also reaffirmed its determination to continue supporting AMISOM and the Somali National Security Forces in their fight against the al-Shabaab.

However, African Union council expressed its continued solidarity with the people of Somalia and encouraged the leadership of the country, both at the level of the Federal Government and the Federal Member States, to continue to work steadfastly towards lasting peace, reconciliation and development in Somalia.

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: