WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Tuesday condemned the suicide attack on a hotel in Mogadishu that killed at least 31 people, the State Department said.
"The United States strongly condemns today's murderous attack by Al-Shabaab against civilians staying at the Muna Hotel in Mogadishu. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims," said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley.
"The United States reaffirms its strong commitment to stand with the Somali people and transitional government and the African Union mission in Somalia as they courageously work to restore peace and stability in Somalia," he added.
The Somali government said that at least 31 people including six members of parliament had been killed in the hotel attack.
The raid came as the heavy fighting between the Islamist fighters from Al Shabaab and the government forces enters its second day in the past two days left about almost 50 people dead and more than 150 others wounded.
The Islamist group on Tuesday afternoon claimed responsibility for the hotel raid.
The group on Monday called on its fighters to wage "an all-out war" against Somali government forces and AU peacekeeping troops, saying that everyone should contribute in every possible way.