Saudi Arabia concerned over escalation of unrest in Mogadishu: Foreign ministry

Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said it “greatly concerned” over the developments of events in Somalia; which led to multiple fatalities in its capital, Mogadishu, state news agency SPA reported .

The ministry stressed the importance; for no further escalation of troubles and expressed its keenness to reach a solution in the country through dialogue.

It also offered its condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Earlier in February, at least three people died and eight others wounded after a car bomb detonated; near a security checkpoint along a key road in Mogadishu, security official and witnesses said.

The capital is regularly a target by attacks by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab group; who have been waging a long and violent insurgency seeking to unseat the internationally backed government in Mogadishu.

They were out of Mogadishu in 2011; but still control territory from where they plan and launch frequent, deadly strikes against government and civilian targets.