South Africa has strongly condemned a bomb attack which targeted a building housing Turkish Embassy staff in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
The offensive, carried out by Al-Shabaab militia on the evening of July 27, claimed six lives, including one Turkish official, two Somali security guards and a university student.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on Tuesday expressed its condolences to the families of the deceased.
“South Africa remains committed to supporting Somalia through capacity and institution building projects, and calls on all groups and individuals who remain outside of the political process to renounce violence,
Desist from cowardly acts of terrorism and join the peace-driven political processes of reconciliation to ensure the development and prosperity of Somalia,” the department said.
Turkey is one of a few countries that have reopened their embassies in war-ravaged Mogadishu.
It has indicated that it will remain steadfast in its support for Somalia, despite the attempts by terrorists to plunge the country into further disarray.
“The South African Government lauds the initiatives taken by Turkey to support Somalia as the country gradually emerges from more than two decades of instability and war,” DIRCO said.