UN: UN officials condemn deadly Al Shabaab attack in Mogadishu

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attack perpetrated by Al-Shabaab on Saturday on the Al-Jazeera Hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

A UN statement late on Monday in New York stated that the attack resulted in a number of casualties and injuries, including staff of diplomatic missions of several countries whose missions were based in the hotel.

It said that the UN chief conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to their governments, missions affected, and also wished the injured a swift recovery.

He affirmed that, "this egregious attack will not deter the UN and international partners from our steadfast commitment to help the people and Government of Somalia realise a peaceful future for their country".

Also, the UN Security Council, in a statement, strongly condemned the attack, offering condolences to the people and Governments of Somalia, as well as of China, noting that one member of the security staff from the Chinese Embassy was killed in the incident.

The members of the Council underlined their enduring commitment to support peace and stability in Somalia, and underlined that, "neither this, nor any other terrorist attack would undermine their determination to support political and military progress".

They also reiterated their support to all international actors working to support the people and Government of Somalia.

The UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay also strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the hotel.

Mr. Kay in a statement, stated: "I condemn the terrorist attack in Mogadishu, and the killers will not succeed in impeding the progress and extraordinary efforts of the Somali people and government.

"I commend the swift response of Somalia's security and first responders. The perpetrators need to be brought to justice swiftly."

Mr. Kay, who also heads up the UN Assistance Mission in Somallia (UNSOM), offered his sincere condolences to the family and friends of all those who have suffered, as well as to the Federal Government of Somalia.

He also extended his condolences to the family and friends of Abdulahi Hussein Mohamud, a Member of the Federal Parliament and lawmaker, and Sai'd Ali Saleh, a government official, who were shot and killed in separate incidents on Saturday.

"The United Nations and international partners will stand firm in our efforts to help the Somali people to realize their aspirations for a secure and stable future," the envoy added.
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28 july 2015 06:47:31

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