In a statement given following the recent suicide attack in Mogadishu, Somalia's Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon underlined that the attack would not distract Somalia from its state building activities.
"These misguided attempts to derail us will have no effect", the Prime Minister said. "We have made far too much progress to regress to the bad old days. Peace, stability and business are the order of the day". Sending his condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack he said, "Somalis will join me in sending my condolences to those who were killed or wounded in this futile attack". He added, "The truth is that daily life is more peaceful and Mogadishu is more secure than it has been for over 20 years". "New Somali businesses are opening almost daily as our brothers and sisters from the Diaspora vote with their feet and return to Mogadishu". The Prime Minister noted that the enemies of peace, who had already been driven out of the capital, were being pushed back across Somalia and were on their way out.
Yesterday's (March 18) suicide attack took place close to the National Theatre in the Hamarweyne district of the capital when a car bomber drove into the path of a passenger bus. At least 10 people were killed and 15 wounded.