UN: UN envoy condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu

New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, on Sunday condemned a terrorist attack outside the seaport in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

In a statement obtained by PANA in New York, Mr. Keating noted that, "the bloody act will not stop the momentum of the electoral process."

According to the statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), responsibility for the Sunday morning's suicide truck bombing was claimed by the al-Shabaab terrorist group.

It said most of the victims of the attack were civilians.

The UN envoy stated: "This latest atrocity by al-Shabaab militants, taking place on a religious holiday, provides fresh evidence of their disregard for the lives and hopes of Somali citizens."

"The bombing may be intended to signal al-Shabaab's rejection of the 2016 electoral process. If so, it is a bloody and deeply counter-productive way to do so, and will not have the desired result.

"Terrorism will not stop the momentum," he said.

Mr. Keating also praised the role of the Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia security forces in protecting electoral sites around the county, adding that security in Mogadishu, remains the greatest challenge.

According to the UN Mission, an al-Shabaab spokesman told news media outlets that they had targeted security personnel assigned to the seaport facility because they "had been trained to provide security for so-called elections."

The Mission also noted that most of the voting for the House of the People has been completed, with 226 of the 275 seats now finished and nearly all remaining seats expected to be filled in the coming week.

It will be recalled that recently the Somalia's National Leadership Forum said the election of the President will take place by the end of December.
-0- PANA AA 11Dec2016

11 december 2016 21:37:37




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