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U.S. Condemns Attack on Villa Somalia Compound


Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 21, 2014

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The United States strongly condemns al-Shabaab’s attack today on the Villa Somalia Compound in Mogadishu. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed in the attack, and wish the injured a speedy recovery. The United States commends the quick response of the Somali forces who, with AMISOM support, were able to secure Villa Somalia shortly after al-Shabaab launched its attacks.

This murderous attack, targeting individuals and organizations that are working to provide the Somali people with governance, stability, and a better way of life, once again highlights what al-Shabaab has proven time and again – that it stands only for death and destruction and that al-Shabaab is firmly opposed to the Somali peoples’ efforts to build a more secure and prosperous future.

The United States will continue to support the Somali people and their government as they rebuild their country. Those who stand in the way of Somalia’s progress will not succeed.

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