UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns attack on African Union base

New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has strongly condemned Tuesday's
attack by Al Shabaab militants on an African Union Mission (AMISOM) base at Janaale, Lower
Shabelle Region, manned by troops from the Ugandan contingent.

According to AMISOM, the militants used a car loaded with explosives to trigger the attack and to facilitate their forced entry into the camp after which they engaged soldiers in a gun battle.

It noted that full control of the base has reportedly been regained.

In a statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Wednesday, Mr. Kay sent his deepest
condolences to the families who lost loved ones and to the people and governments of Uganda and Somalia.

He stated: "These courageous peacekeepers sacrificed their lives in the ongoing efforts to
bring lasting peace and security to Somalia, and the United Nations remains resolute in its
support for the Somali people."

Mr. Kay, who is the head of the UN Assistance Mission in the country, known as UNSOM, also underlined that the UN’s solidarity with AMISOM and Somali security forces in their efforts to defeat Al-Shabaab "will not waver".

The UN Security Council recently authorized the UN member states of the African Union to maintain the deployment of AMISOM until 30 May 2016.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 2Sept2015

02 september 2015 14:35:50

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