- Somalia’s Islamic insurgents, al Shabaab, has distanced itself from the suicide attack in the country’s capital Mogadishu yesterday, which killed at least 22 people, including three ministers, during a graduation ceremony.
According to a statement issued by the group's spokesperson, Sheikh Mohamud Rage said the group was not behind the killing of unarmed civilians accusing the Transitional Government of masterminding the attack.
"We believe it is a plot by the government itself. It is not in the nature of al-Shabaab to target innocent people," he said.
He further stated some government officials left the explosion scene just few minutes before the attack. “That is why it is clear that they were behind the killings," he said.
Local reports said a suicide bomber, disguised as a woman when he enterd the Shamo hotel, where the graduation ceremony for medical students was held.
The three ministers killed in the blast, were a woman, Ms Qamar Aden Ali, the health minister, Mr Ibrahim Hassan Adow, the minister for higher education, and Mr Ahmed Abdullahi Wayel, the minister for education.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has condemned the attack, also calling on groups in Somalia opposed to the transitional government to disarm immediately.
A statement approved late on Thursday by all 15 council members said that it supported the Somali people in their quest for peace and reconciliation and the UN-backed government as the legitimate authority in Somalia.
The African Union (AU) on its part said the inhumane and cowardly attack would not deter the resolve and determination of the African Union to support the people of Somalia in their quest for peace and reconciliation.
The Thursday attack, was the worst since June when a security minister, Colonel Omar Hashi Aden and more than 18 other people were killed by a suicide car bomber north of the capital Mogadishu.
Somalia has had no effective central government since 1991 when warlords overthrew a longtime dictator and then plunged the country into anarchy and chaos.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.