UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns latest terrorist attacks in Mogadishu

New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay on Saturday condemned in the strongest terms a series of deadly terrorist attacks against an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base and two hotels in the country capital of Mogadishu which resulted in numerous casualties.

The attacks, which were committed on Friday by the Islamist extremist group Al-Shabaab, reportedly caused the death and injuries of civilians, members of the security forces, AMISOM troops and government officials and come as the Muslim world celebrates its holy month of Ramadan.

Mr. Kay in a statement, stated: "I condemn Friday's terrorist attacks in Mogadishu in the strongest terms and am appalled by the complete disregard for the lives of innocent civilians shown by the attackers.

"An attack during Iftar time and prayers, a sacred time for families and communities to come together, is an assault on the beliefs of Muslims all over the world."

The UN envoy also commended the swift action taken by the Somali and African Union security forces who managed to ultimately repel the attacks and prevent further casualties.

"The United Nations continues to work actively with the Federal Government, AMISOM and international partners to build strong national security and government institutions to secure the country," he added.

In May, Mr. Kay told UN Security Council members that momentum had been regained in efforts to achieve political progress in the country, pointing to work by federal, regional and local leaders, and parliamentarians to build a State through dialogue and reconciliation, and top-level commitment to deliver Somalia's Vision 2016 plan.

The envoy, however, said that, there was still a long way to go, adding that, "with so much at stake between now and 2016, we can expect Al-Shabaab to do everything it can to derail the political process".
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11 يوليو 2015 18:15:10

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