MOGADISHU, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, widely known as Farmajo, has condemned the terror attack in Ethiopia on Saturday.
Farmajo said the "senseless attack" that seemed to have targeted Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed when he addressed a mass rally in Addis Ababa would not prevent sweeping reforms in Ethiopia.
"I am saddened by the senseless attack on the innocent victims in Addis Ababa. These acts by a few cowards would not deter progress in Ethiopia. I spoke on the phone with H.E Abiy Ahmed. My thoughts and prayers are with them," he said in a statement issued on Saturday evening.
The Ethiopian prime minister was reportedly targeted, even though he was not injured but scores of his supporters escaped with injuries and two people were confirmed dead from the blast by Ethiopian health minister on Sunday.
The 41-year-old Ahmed had just finished his address at Meskel Square before tens of thousands of people when the explosion went off, causing a stampede as panicked supporters rushed to safety.
The president who came into office in April called the explosion a "well-orchestrated attack" but one that failed. Ahmed did not lay blame but offered his condolences to families of the victims.