The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has strongly and unequivocally condemned the heinous violent acts of terrorism at Istanbul Airport which killed innocent people and injured many more.
At least 10 people have been confirmed dead while over 40 others were reported to be seriously injured after ISIS militants attacked Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey last night.
The airport officials say two suicide bombers exploded the premise just by the x-ray security checkpoint at the airport after shots were fired by police officers to neutralize them.
Gunshots were heard in the airport car park, video footage shows people running for cover inside the terminal building. Meanwhile ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
“The fact that the terrorists would target innocent people in such a brutal and unforgivable manner is the greatest sign of their inhumanity, and moral bankruptcy. Any violence against innocent civilians aimed at terrorizing them and their nation is deplorable and wholly evil’’, said the President.
The President has urged the world to unite in the fight against terrorism.
“The government of Somalia is working hard to tackle terrorism within our borders and wider region. Terrorism is a global threat that has deeply affected the citizens of both Somalia and Turkey. This is a global problem which needs a united global response’’.
President Mohamud has also offered condolences to the leadership of Turkish government and the families of the victims at Istanbul Airport attack.
“We stand in solidarity with the brotherly People and Government of the Republic of Turkey. We mourn with them and share their deep loss in these dark hours. Our heartfelt condolences go to the families, friends and loved ones of all the innocent victims who were affected by this evil tragedy’’.
The government of the Federal Republic of Somalia enjoys strong bilateral ties with the Republic of Turkey and it endeavors to advance this through further cooperation in all areas of common interest, including security.