Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, NY
October 4, 2011
The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the bombing by al-Shabaab today in Mogadishu. Time and again, al-Shabaab has demonstrated the bankruptcy of its ideology by killing and kidnapping aid workers, sowing chaos, and targeting innocent Somalis. Among the many murdered today were students and their parents who were seeking scholarships to study abroad. Moreover, that this heinous attack takes place in the midst of an unprecedented famine, with hundreds of thousands suffering and desperate, demonstrates once again that al-Shabaab has no regard for human dignity and no place in Somalia’s future. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the victims and stand with the people and transitional government of Somalia as they recover from this atrocity.