Arab League strongly condemns Mogadishu blast

CAIRO, The Arab League Saturday vehemently condemned a vehicle blast in Mogadishu, which left at least 80 people dead and 70 others wounded, billing it as an “insidious terrorist act”.

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmad Abul-Gheit said in a press statement that the bloc stands by the Somali government in its fight against terrorism.

He stressed that such “villainous acts” would not prevent Somalia from pursuing its fervent efforts to build the State’s institutions and uphold security and stability nationwide.

The Arab League’s chief offered sincere condolences to the Somali government and the families of the victims, and wished a speedy recovery for the wounded.

At least 80 people were killed and 70 others injured in a vehicle explosion in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, early Saturday, according to Somali authorities.

Most of those killed were reportedly university and other students returning to class.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed the death of two of its nationals.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bomb but Al-Shabab militants have often carried out attacks there.

Source: Kuwait News Agency