EU calls on Somali leaders to focus on security after deadly attacks

Hours after the airport attack, two suicide bombings hit Beledweyne, the second constituency of HirShabelle state in central Somalia, which left at least 48 people, including MP Amina Mohamed dead.

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EU calls on Somali leaders to focus on security after deadly attacks

FILE: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The European Union [EU] has called on Somali leaders to focus on the fight against Al-Shabaab following deadly attacks in the capital and Beledweyne city on Wednesday.

In a statement, the EU said it stands in solidarity with the Somali people after the recent bomb and gun attacks in the country that killed dozens of people, including lawmakers and a candidate.

The European Union offers its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. We encourage Somalia’s leaders to increase security and defeat those who use violence against the Somali people,' reads the statement in part.

EU pledged a steadfast supporter of Somalia’s state-building process and a partner for peace and security, recalls its strong support for the imminent and peaceful conclusion of the electoral process to deliver on the aspirations of the Somali people for a stable and prosperous future.

The statement came after armed Al-Shabaab men gained entry to the Mogadishu airport on Wednesday morning, where they killed 6 African Union peacekeepers and other people during the attack.

The two gunmen dressed in a military uniform entered the main airport through the Marina Gate next to General Kahiye Police Academy, forcing their way inside after shooting the security guards.

Hours after the airport attack, two suicide bombings hit Beledweyne, the second constituency of HirShabelle state in central Somalia, which left at least 48 people, including MP Amina Mohamed dead.

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