Somalia: UN reiterates support in fight against Al-Shabab

Somalia
By GO + Agencies
UN Secretary-General António Guterres slams terror attack in Somalia [Photo: Violaine Martin/UN]

NEW YORK, USA - The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the 23 February attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, which claimed the lives of many civilians and injured numerous others.

In a statement on Saturday, Guterres sent his “profound condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Somalia and commends the response of the Somali security forces and AMISOM,” the African Union Mission to Somalia.

The Secretary-General also reiterated "the full support of the United Nations to the Somali authorities in their fight against terrorism and their pursuit of a peaceful and stable Somalia."

Friday's twin car bomb attack near the Presidential Palace killed 45 people, mostly civilians dead, while scores were wounded. The assault took place hours after Police and Intelligence chiefs were appointed.

The bomb blasts shattered months-long period of calm in Mogadishu during the absence of NISA and Police leadership after last October truck bombing at Km5 junction which killed 512 people.

According to a recent UN report, the armed conflict in Somalia due to Al-Shabaab's insurgency has left over 2,000 people dead and more than 2,500 wounded since January 2016. 

GAROWE ONLINE