France condemns Somalia suicide bombing
France's foreign ministry condemned a suicide bomb attack that killed Somalia's security minister.Paris – France's foreign ministry Thursday condemned a suicide bomb attack that killed Somalia's security minister, reaffirming Paris' support for the embattled transition government in the Horn of Africa nation.
"France condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack carried out today in the town of Beledweyne in Somalia," foreign ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier said in a statement.
"This terrorist attack directly targets the policy of reconciliation and dialogue pursued by the government.
"France reaffirms its full support for, and confidence in the federal transition government and its president, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed," he said.
The blast ripped through a hotel in the town of Beledweyne, near the Ethiopian border, and killed minister Omar Hashi Aden and 19 others, including several members of his entourage, officials said.
The assassination followed fierce clashes on Wednesday between Islamist insurgents and government forces that killed at least 26 people in Mogadishu.
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