State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today released the following statement in the aftermath of bombings in Somalia where some 300 people have been reported dead and many more injured:

“At a time when many are still suffering following recent acts of mass violence committed against innocent Americans, we hear of yet another horrific incident in what is being called the deadliest bombing attack in the history of Somalia. Though located halfway across the globe, our hearts break just the same. My prayers go out to the victims and their families in Somalia, as well as to Somali communities in Ohio and around the United States.

“I strongly condemn these senseless acts of violence, whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or groups of individuals who commit terrorist attacks. The victims know no difference. I ask that we continue to draw lessons from these cowardly acts and further learn to respect each other's differences peacefully. These attacks have no place in any city or country in the world. I urge all of us to support efforts underway to assist Somalia, its people and the ongoing recovery and healing process in the aftermath of this horrific tragedy.”


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