UN: UN envoy condemns terrorist attack near Mogadishu airport

New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, has strongly condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in the vicinity of Mogadishu International Airport that killed dozens of people.

According to the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), suicide bombers detonated two vehicles laden with explosives near the perimeter of the airport enclave this morning, and no UN personnel are among the confirmed dead.

In a statement obtained by PANA at the UN headquarters in New York, Mr. Keating condemned the attack, noting that the "ruthless attack" was carried out once again by the Al-Shabaab insurgent group.

"The overwhelming majority of Somalis have rejected such terrorist tactics and the use of violence to achieve political objectives," he said, stressing: "This horrific incident is a fresh example of the extremists' desperate attempts to disrupt political progress, but neither the Somali authorities nor the UN will be deterred from moving forward."

The envoy, on behalf of the entire UN community in Somalia, extended heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

PANA reports that Somalia is scheduled to hold elections later this year.

In May, the UN, the African Union (AU), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the US welcomed the decree issued by Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on the modalities of the 2016 electoral process.

The international community had noted that the decree will facilitate the technical preparation and implementation of the electoral process without further delay.

The modalities for the electoral process are the result of negotiations over the course of nearly 10 months.
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26 july 2016 13:56:48

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