UN: UN condemns deadly attack on AU peacekeepers base in Mogadishu

New York, US (PANA) - The UN has condemned an attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which resulted in the death of a number of AMISOM soldiers and civilian contractors.

A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Friday, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the attack which took place on Thursday on the AMISOM base camp, located in Mogadishu’s international airport.

Ban conveyed his sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives, and wished a swift recovery for the injured.

According to the statement, the AMISOM base camp inside Mogadishu Airport was infiltrated by Al-Shabaab militants dressed in Somali army uniforms, and during the gun fight, three AMISOM soldiers and two civilian contractors were killed.

The UN chief commended AMISOM for its quick response to the attack.

He expressed solidarity with the African Union Mission and with UN personnel working for peace in Somalia, reaffirming the UN’s resolve to support the Government and people of Somalia in their continuing journey toward peace and stability.

Also, the UN Special Representative in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), confirmed in a statement that all UN staff were safe and sound.

The airport also hosts the UN headquarters for Somalia.

In an interview on Friday with UN Radio, Mr. Aleem Siddique, a spokesperson for UNSOM, described how a group of Islamic gunmen attacked the base.

Mr. Siddique said: "The terrorists, some of whom were dressed in Somalia National Army uniforms, breached the base camp security around lunchtime on Thursday and attempted to gain access to critical infrastructure, during which five of them were killed and three were captured."

"This attack is a reminder of the important work that we are doing here, and that we will not be deterred by this attack. Our commitment to the Somali people and to the Federal Government of Somalia remains strong, and there is a lot of important work for us to do here," he added.
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26 december 2014 22:36:56

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