Qatar slams attack on Islamic shrine in Somalia

The State of Qatar expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the explosion that took place in a religious centre in the north central city of Galkayo in Somalia, killing a cleric and nine of his followers.

In a statement issued, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated the State of Qatar’s firm stance in rejecting violence and terrorism regardless of the motives and causes.

The statement expressed the State of Qatar’s condolences to the families of victims as well as the government and people of Somalia.

Monday’s explosion claimed by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.

The group says it has killed a cleric and 20 of his followers.

The group is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s central government and establish its own rule based on its interpretation of Islamic law.

The Al Qaeda inspired group has lost control of most of Somalia’s cities and towns. But it retains a strong presence in regions outside the capital of Mogadishu