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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

CSPAJ Condemns the Horrific Killing of Civilians in Mogadishu by al-Shabaab

Press Release
October 05, 2011
The Center for Somali Peace and Justice (CSPAJ) is horrified by the heinous crime of Tuesday October 04, 2011 in Mogadishu, Somalia, which resulted in massive massacre, destruction and attack on innocent people.

We express our deepest sympathies and sorrow for those who lost their lives and those who suffered tremendously due to this un-Islamic attack. CSPAJ condemns, in the strongest term possible, this horrific act carried out by the terrorist group al-Shabaab, which is against all human and Islamic norms, ‘No bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another’ (Surah al-Isra 17:15)

Center for Somali Peace and Justice equally condemns the Sharif administration for not making the protection of the Somali civilians a priority. This massacre takes place as result of failure to foresee such attacks by the weak administration in Mogadishu, which itself is barricaded behind Amisom’s protection. CSPAJ repeats its call for Sharif to resign from his post because of his lack of ability to adequately protect civilians in Mogadishu.

Moreover, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense both are still outside of Somalia even after the deadliest attack since al-Shabaab retreated from their posts in Mogadishu just about two months ago; Prime Minister Abdweli Gas is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, while his Defense Minister Hussein Carab is in the United States. Both officials should be back to Mogadishu immediately after the incident in order to deal with this national crisis. And if they don’t, Sharif should have dispatched them back to Mogadishu, but again, Sharif failed.

Finally, CSPAJ encourages all Somalis to unite against all those who terrorize the innocents, and those who import the deadly religious believe from other regions of the world. Somali traditional elders as well as traditional religious leaders should take the lead to rescue Somalia from the radical “al” groups such as al-Shabaab, al-Takfir, al-Islah, etc. Peace and justice is the only way out of the current vicious cycles of violence, so let’s embrace them.

Abdirahman Takhal
Executive Director
Center for Somali Peace and Justice


  • criminal lawyer san diego says:
    February 16, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    The act has to be condemned. There is no such reason for the killings.

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