Oct 3, 2018

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European Union (EU) has said its Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM) will continue training of Somali troops in spite of Monday’s car bomb attack on its convoy.

At least three people were killed in a suicide car bombing which hit an armoured vehicle belonging to Italian military soldiers.

In a statement, Ms. Maja Kocijančič, European Commission’s spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said a convoy of the EU Training Mission in Somalia was attacked but that no one was wounded or killed.

“A convoy of the EU Training Mission in Somalia was hit today in Mogadishu. While no personnel of EUTM was injured,” Ms. Kocijančič said in the statement.

The Mission condemned the attack saying the casualties of the blast show once again that Somali civilians pay the highest price from the terrorist threat in the country. The spokesperson condoled with the families of the victims killed in the attack.

“We express our condolences to the families of those affected at this difficult time,” she mourned. She said EU stand close to EUTM staff working for peace and security in Somalia.

EU launched its mission to offer military advice and training in 2010.

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