MOGADISHU, March 3 (Xinhua) — The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east Africa bloc, on Sunday condemned Thursday’s terror attack in Mogadishu, and vowed to defeat al-Shabab, which claimed responsibility for the attack carnage that killed at least 36 people in the Somali capital.

IGAD praised Somali forces for their courage and abnegation in dreadful moments that could have seen more casualties during the siege at Hotel Makkah Al-Mukarammah and other nearby businesses by al-Shabab.

“IGAD Member States assured the Federal Government and the people of Somalia of their unreserved support in defeating all forms of terrorism in Somalia and in the region as a whole,” the eight-member bloc said in a statement.

The attack killed at least 36 people and injured more than 60 others in one of Mogadishu’s busiest streets on Thursday evening.

The hotel is frequented by foreigners and politicians.

IGAD, which comprises Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea, sent their condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and wish speedy recovery to the injured.

“The Member States reiterate their conviction that no crime will go unpunished and that peace, security and stability will prevail in Somalia and beyond,” the statement said.

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