African mission on somalia condemns attack on Jazeera Palace Hotel
Mogadishu, 1st Jan 2014-*Mareeg.com* The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission (SRCC) Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif has condemned the
attack on Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu this evening.
Two Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) went off minutes apart
outside the hotel frequented by government officials and aid workers. First
responders including Somali national security forces, AMISOM and emergency medical
teams were on the ground minutes after the first attack before the second explosion.
Authorities are working to establish the total number of those injured, while staff
at AMISOM’s Level II hospital remain on standby to receive the casualties.
We condemn this cowardly attack aimed at dulling the optimism of the Somali
people as we look forward to a new year, said Ambassador Annadif while
singling out the courage of the Somali security forces and AMISOM troops for their
This is the second time the hotel, which is close to the Aden Abdulle International
Airport, has been targeted. In September 2012, a suicide attack was launched on the
hotel where Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was holding a press
conference with Kenya.s then Foreign Minister Samuel Ongeri, claiming the life
of an AMISOM soldier and injuring several Somali security officers.