Somali President condemns bus attack in Egypt




MOGADISHU – The President of Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has strongly condemned deadly attack on buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

The attack killed at least seven and wounded 19 others on board following ambush assault, according to the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Interior Ministry.

President Mohamed says “it is a revolting attack both in terms of its intent and impact”.

President Mohamed sent his deepest condolences to the families and friends of the dead.

“Our thoughts are with the injured and all those affected”, he said.

Mr. Mohamed said Somalia will do everything possible to stand with the people and government of Egypt.

The attack was claimed by Islamic State group through its website.

The Islamist militants have targeted Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority repeatedly in recent years.

Egypt’s Copts have in the past accused the authorities of making only token gestures to protect them from such attacks.

Egypt is a Muslim-majority country and its Christian minority – mostly members of the Coptic Orthodox Church – make up around 10% of the population.

The president pointed out that the Somali Republic and its people are partners with their brothers in Egypt, especially in the fight against terrorism that opposes the progress and stability of the region.

The president said the attack shows regular terrorist attacks on the terrorists, and stressed the importance of unifying the efforts to eliminate terrorist groups.