China has strongly condemned a deadly car bombing at a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday that killed at least 15 people, including one Chinese embassy staff member, said Liu Jieyi, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations. The well-guarded Jazeera Palace Hotel is a popular meeting point for foreigners in the turmoil-filled country, and it is also home to diplomatic missions such as the embassies of China, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang confirmed on Monday morning that “one embassy staff member in charge of security and guard duties” died of injuries suffered in the attack, and three other embassy staff members were slightly injured. Lu said China expressed condolences for all those killed in the attack, and said that “all the staff of the embassy have been transferred to a safe area”. Ministry spokesman Lu said that Somalia has said it will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of China’s institutions and personnel there. The Chinese embassy in Somalia was forced to close in 1991 following the outbreak of the Somali civil war, and it officially resumed operations in October at the hotel.
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