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Somalia deplores deadly attack in Mpeketoni

17 June 2014, 07:44

Mogadishu - Somalia government on Monday strongly condemned the deadly attack in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni by suspected Al-Shabaab militants.

Dozens were killed or injured after more than 50 gunmen attacked people in bars and cafes watching football match in the busy town.

Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed condemned the attack as terrorist in a twitter post.

He said the attack served "no purpose other than the murder of innocent people" adding that such killings "only reveal the hateful and destructive agenda" of the perpetrators.

The rebel group of Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and have previously carried out assaults on targets in Kenya.

Kenya has contributed peacekeeping troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), who are currently deployed in southern Somalia.

The Al Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab opposes the foreign forces presence in Somalia and vowed to avenge African states that contributed forces to the AU mission.

 - Xinhua

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