SA condemns terrorist attacks in Somalia, Yemen

Pretoria - South Africa has extended condolences to the governments and people of Yemen, Turkey and Somalia following the terrorist attacks that occurred at the weekend.

Attacks occurred this weekend in Aden (Yemen), Istanbul and Mogadishu, respectively, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of scores of people.

Two explosions hit central Istanbul on Saturday night, killing 27 police officers and two civilians and injuring 166 others, government officials said.

Officials said a moving car was detonated, targeting riot police on duty near a stadium in the district of Besiktas, where a football match ended earlier. The blast happened soon after the fans left the stadium.

Forty-five seconds later, a man blew himself up in Macka Park just across the stadium. About 10 suspects have been detained.

In Mogadishu on Sunday, an al-Shabaab suicide car bomber struck the entrance of Mogadishu's largest port and an adjacent police complex, killing at least 29 people and wounding nearly 48 others.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives on Saturday as troops were waiting to collect their salaries at the entrance to the Sawlaban base on the outskirts of Aden.

About 30 people were reportedly wounded in the attack.

In a statement on Monday, President Jacob Zuma, stressed that deliberate attacks against civilians are in contravention of well-established international human rights and humanitarian law, and constitute crimes against humanity.

"The South African government condemns in the strongest terms the deadly terrorist attacks. Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned,” said President Zuma.

He said South Africa will continue to support regional and international efforts to address the scourge of terrorism in all its forms. - SAnews.gov.za-Xinhua