Tanzania:UN condemns ‘horrific’ attack on UNICEF staff in Somalia

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The United Nations has strongly condemned early Monday’s attack on a UN vehicle in north-eastern Somalia, which killed four UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)  workers and seriously injured four others when a roadside bomb exploded alongside the minibus in which they were riding.

“All of us at UNICEF are deeply saddened, and deeply angered,” UNICEF Executive-Director Anthony Lake said in a statement to the press.

At about 8:00 East African Time, a suspected IED (improvised explosive device) targeted a UN vehicle in Garowe, Puntland, an arid region of Somalia that declared itself an autonomous state in 1998.

According to a statement by UNICEF, the IED attack occurred when the staffs were travelling from their guest house to the office, normally a three-minute drive.

“The horrific attack on our UNICEF colleagues today in northern Somalia is an assault not only on them but on the people they served. Our immediate thoughts are with the families of the four staff members who were killed and with those who were injured,” Mr. Lake said.

“Our colleagues dedicated their lives to working for the children of Somalia. They are not victims. They and those who were wounded are heroes. We mourn their loss and hope for the full recovery of the injured,” he added.

The UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) also condemned the attack calling it a “complete disregard for the lives of people working on the humanitarian and development needs of the people of Somalia is despicable.”

“I am shocked and horrified by what took place today in Garowe,” said Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia and head of the UN mission (UNSOM) there.

“ UN colleagues are saddened but unified in the face of this tragedy. The United Nations remains determined to stand by the people of Somalia. My deepest sympathies and thoughts are with the friends and families of all those who lost their lives, and those injured and affected,” Mr. Kay added.
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20 april 2015 16:10:26

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