Somalia has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that killed and injured a number of police personnel and civilians in Kampala and affirms that it stands united with the friendly Ugandan government and people in confronting all terrorist activities.
In a statement that was released on Wednesday by the government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Somalia said that such attacks undermine the security, stability, well-being, and development of the country.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack that killed at least three people and left about 33 with injuries.
Somalia has asked African countries to make an organised and deliberate effort to confront terrorism in thought and organisation, saying it is also a victim of such attacks.
“Somalia, as a victim of similar terrorist attacks, extends its sincere condolences to the families of the victims, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery,” Somalia said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the attack on Wednesday when he started his three-day visit to the African continent.
In his address in Kenya, Blinken said that the US government is working with the AU, AMISOM, and other organisations to defeat the terrorist groups.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni also condemned the attack, saying that his administration will pursue the terrorists, saying that they invited them through the attacks.
“They have exposed themselves when we are more ready for urban terrorism. They will perish. Rural terrorism was defeated in 2007 in the Semliki National Park. I am referring to the dead terrorists as manipulated victims of confusion,” Museveni said.
The three suicide bombers were most likely Ugandans who had joined the ADF rebel group in eastern Congo which has increasingly strong links to Islamic State.
Last month, IS claimed responsibility for bombs that went off on a bus and a bar in Kampala.