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Somali PM says committed to the "fight against terrorism"

MOGADISHU, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed says his government is committed to fighting against terrorism one day after a deadly attack on hotel in the capital Mogadishu.

The prime minister said Wednesday's attack strengthened people of Somalia and that the government will continue to fight Al- Shabaab militants.

Up to 11 people were killed and more than 15 others injured after twin suicide car bombs hit the Jazeera hotel.

"Last night's attempted attack at Al Jazeera Hotel will only strengthen the people of Somalia and the government's commitment to tackle those who threaten the security and stability of Somalia with indiscriminate violence and killing." the Somali premier said in a statement.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) also condemned the attack. Mahamat Saleh Annadif, AMISOM chief, described the attack as cowardly.

"We condemn this cowardly attack aimed at dulling the optimism of the Somali people as we look forward to a new year," said Annadif.

The Somali prime minister praised local security forces and AMISOM peacekeepers for "their commitment and sacrifice." He thanked them for their "continued service to our country."

The radical Islamist group of Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack. The extremist group linked to Al- Qaida launched a previous attack on the heavily fortified hotel in September last year.

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