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Government condemns senseless attack on UN

19 June 2013, Mogadishu

His Excellencey Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon has condemned this morning’s senseless and despicable attack on the United Nations Common Compound in Mogadishu, immediately claimed by Al Shabaab.

“I condemn this senseless and despicable attack on innocent UN civilians this morning. The UN are our friends and partners, and the UN agencies offer us humanitarian help and support, so I and all Somalis are appalled that they should be the target and victims of such barbaric violence,” said the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister reassured Mogadishu residents that the Government remains in control of the security, stating that security forces swiftly dealt with the attackers and re-secured the compound.

“Somali and AMISOM security forces responded immediately to the situation after the initial explosion and have brought the situation under control. Sadly we must wait to hear the full details and confirmation of any casualties,” Prime Minister said. “All our thoughts and prayers are with our UN colleagues today. But Al Shabaab will not derail the peace process. They will not stop our recovery. Violence will not win.”

ENDS

Ahmed Adan
Prime Minister’s Media Office

Mogadishu, Somalia

Email: media@opm.gov.so
Phone: +252 (0) 616 44 00 28