(Djibouti – February 22, 2015) The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) condemns, in the strongest terms possible, AlShabaab's cowardly act of terror on Friday, February 20, 2015 at Hotel Central in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Al Shabaab's latest act of terror at ¬Hotel Central was an attempt to demoralize the Federal Government and people of Somalia, and to deter the international community from operating in the country. In these attempts, the criminals have failed. Such attacks against innocent civilians betray the desperation of Al Shabaab, who faces the continued loss of territory, the defection of its fighters, and the waning of its overall relevance in Somalia.
Where Alshabaab aims to destroy, the People of Somalia seek to build. Working with the international community they have built a federal government, a functioning parliament and established security forces. The Government continues to promote order, the Somali economy continues to grow, and services such as schools and hospitals have been opened. Violence, war and terror, are fading and continued development indicates the return of a stable and prosperous Somali homeland. Despite the terror AlShabaab continues to carry out, the will of the Somali People remains unbroken.
IGAD conveys its condolences to the Government and People of the Federal Republic of Somalia and the families of the civilians, governmental officials and security personnel, the true heroes, who perished in this senseless act of violence.
Ambassador Mahboub Maalim