Saudi Arabia condemns attacks in Somalia

A year ago, well over 500 people died after a truck bomb exploded in the center of the Somali capital. (AP)
Updated 15 October 2018

Saudi Arabia condemns attacks in Somalia

  • The Kingdom offered condolences to the families of the victims

RIYADH: The Saudi Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the two terrorist bombings in the city of Baidoa in south-west Somalia. 

The Kingdom offered condolences to the families of the victims and the Somali government, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured. Saudi Arabia denounces all forms of terrorism and extremism regardless of their motives and reasons. 

Meanwhile, a hospital source in Baidoa said the death toll has risen to 20 following the attacks in the Somali city.

“We received 20 dead people and about 40 others injured from the twin blasts of yesterday,” Abdifatah Hashi, the general manager of Baidoa city hospital, said on Sunday. Al Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabab militants, who want to topple the Somali government and impose their own rule, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

“What seems to be two suicide bombers blew themselves up in two restaurants in Baidoa,” Ali Aden, a police officer in the city, said on Saturday.

Somalia has been engulfed by violence and lawlessness since the early 1990s. 


King Salman receives scholars and senior citizens

King Salman received scholars and senior citizens on Monday. Saudi Arabia is seeking to create a culture of tolerance in the country. (SPA)
Updated 7 min 34 sec ago

King Salman receives scholars and senior citizens

  • Saudi Arabia seeks to create a culture of tolerance in order to fight extremism and bring about international security and peace

RIYADH: King Salman received on Monday princes, the country’s grand mufti, scholars and citizens who came to greet him.
The Saudi leadership is working to bridge communication gaps between the government and citizens.
In recent years, the Kingdom has encouraged government officials to improve the quality of their services and to meet the needs of every citizen.
Saudi Arabia also seeks to create a culture of tolerance in order to fight extremism and bring about international security and peace.
In addition, the Kingdom aims to meet high standards of transparency and accountability in the country.