U.S. Special Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty condemns in the strongest terms the barbaric attack today on Central Hotel in Mogadishu. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those injured or killed, and he expresses hope for a speedy and complete recovery of the wounded. The United States conveys its resolute solidarity with the people and government of Somalia.
This attack exemplifies the menace that al-Shabaab poses to all Somalis. The United States will continue to work closely with Somali political leaders, the Somali National Army, and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces to defeat al-Shabaab.