Somali's government has sharply
condemned an opposition leader's call for more suicide attacks against the
administration as well as the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM).
after Hassan Dahir Aweys leader of the Hizbul Islam rebels urged his followers
to increase bombings following last week's suicide attacks that killed several
Hard-line insurgent group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for
the attacks at AMISOM's headquarters in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Washington describes al-Shabab as a terrorist group with strong ties to Al
Somali government spokesman Abdi Kadir Walayo said that the government is prepared to thwart any more suicide bombings.
know the government's position is clear, and the government does not encourage
war mongering. And such a statement the government condemns categorically," Walayo said.
He said Somalis are tired of
the escalating violence.
"The people of Somalia
especially the people living in the capital and its surroundings, they are sick
of war and now they want to get peace," he said.
Walayo described calls for
more suicide attacks as unpatriotic.
"Any person from any quarter
that encourages war we condemn. So any
person anywhere in Somalia who encourages war will be castigated by Somali
people," Walayo said.
He said the government has
tightened security after the suicide bombings.
"The government has
previously established security plan and the government will (review) the
security plans and the lessons learned from the last suicide bombers will also
be considered," he said.
Walayo said the bombings did
not shake AMISOM's resolve.
"As you heard from the
African Union and AMISOM leadership including the government of Somalia, what
has happened does not (discourage) the participation of AMISOM in pacifying
Somalia," Walayo said.
He said Mogadishu will
prevent future attacks.
"The government has taken
all precautionary measures to stop such incidents," he said.
Walayo said the government
backs the African Union calls for Somalia's arms embargo to be lifted.
"The government has always
asked this embargo should be lifted. And we do support the position of the
AMISOM… to lift the arms embargo and to bring arms to Somalia," Walayo said.
President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed condemned the attacks, saying that last
week's suicide bombings did not reflect Somalia's culture or the Muslim