Ban deplores deadly terrorist attack against civilians in north-eastern Kenya

2 December 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a “horrific” terrorist attack in Mandera, Kenya which left over 30 people killed in the second outburst of extremist violence to afflict the East African nation in less than two weeks.

According to media reports, militants claiming to belong to the Al-Shabaab extremist group targeted non-Muslim civilian workers in Mandera – a town sitting along the Kenya-Somalia border – killing at least thirty-six people. It is the second targeted attack in Mandera following the brutal killing of 28 people on a passenger bus there 10 days ago.

Al-Shabaab’s operations have sown terror across Somalia and Kenya in recent years with coordinated attacks against hotels, shopping centres, and other civilian areas. In a statement issued today by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the violence and expressed his “deep condolences to the families of the deceased and to the people and the Government of Kenya.”

“The Secretary-General hopes that those responsible will be brought swiftly to justice,” the statement continued, adding that Mr. Ban reaffirmed the UN’s “full support” in aiding Kenya’s efforts “to fight terrorism and to provide security to the population consistent with international law and Kenya’s human rights obligations.”