Somalia: UN special representative in Somalia condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, has strongly condemned Sunday's terrorist attack at a marketplace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least 25 people and injured dozens more.

The United Nations envoy in the country stressed that the incident is a brutal reminder of the retrograde tactics employed by violent extremists.

“Killing civilians is despicable and achieves nothing – except to remind Somalia of the indifference of extremists to human life and suffering,” underscored Mr Keating, who is also the head of the UN mission in the country (UNSOM), in a statement.

“The perpetrators need to be brought to justice swiftly,” he added.

On Sunday, at about 13:00 local time, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated at the Abagedo market, near Kawa Guudey in the Dharkenley district of Mogadishu, claiming the lives of pedestrians and shopkeepers in the vicinity.

According to UNSOM, no group has yet claimed responsibility.

The attack comes at a time when Somalia is preparing for the inaugural celebrations of its newly elected Federal President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed 'Farmajo', who came to office earlier this month amid an “extraordinary public outpouring of euphoria marking the beginning of a new chapter in Somali history that is ripe with opportunity and promise,” noted the statement.

In the statement, Mr. Keating also praised the work of the country's security forces and first responders in the aftermath of the attack, and offered his condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed.
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