UN: UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Somali hotel

New York, US (PANA) -The UN Security Council on Monday condemned in the strongest terms
the attacks carried out on Sunday against Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, by Al-Shabaab, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.

"The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the
families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Somalia. The members of
the Security Council wished a speedy recovery to those injured," said a statement issued in
New York.

The Security Council members also paid tribute to the Somali National Army for responding quickly to the attack.

Reaffirming its determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with
the UN Charter, the Council stated: "The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever and by whomsoever committed."

The Security Council highlighted the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.

It urged all States, to cooperate actively with the Somali authorities, in accordance
with their obligations under international law, and relevant Security Council resolutions.

"The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures
taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in
particular international human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law,"
the statement noted.

The Council further reiterated its support for Somalia's transition to greater peace
and stability, stressing that, “neither this, nor any other terrorist attack would weaken that
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