Somalia: UN envoy condemns latest bombings in Somali capital

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – United Nations chief in Somalia Michael Keating has condemned Saturday’s bombings which killed a large number of innocent civilians in the capital, Mogadishu.

“I am shocked and appalled by the number of lives that were lost in the bombings and the scale of destruction they caused. Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the dead, and our thoughts are with the injured and all those affected,” said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia,

The United Nations and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are working closely to support the response by the Federal Government of Somalia and local government authorities in Mogadishu, including the provision of logistical support, medical supplies and expertise in the aftermath of the bombings, according to a statement issued Sunday by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia.

“The perpetrators struck a densely populated neighbourhood of Mogadishu. They have killed an unprecedented number of civilians. It is a revolting attack both in terms of its intent and impact” said Keating. “All Somalis must unite to condemn and repulse this kind of violent extremism.”

The SRSG added that the immediate priority is to support efforts led by the authorities to recover from the attack and help all those affected, especially the injured and newly homeless. “The international community will do everything possible to help the people and government of Somalia to overcome this tragedy.”
-0- PANA AR 15Oct2017

15 october 2017 15:49:31

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