The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) strongly condemns the deadly attack which took place in Mogadishu today, reportedly leaving many people dead and wounded.
“We join the people and the Federal Government of Somalia in condemning this act of terror in no uncertain terms - such reprehensible acts of terrorism will not in any way undermine the determination of the Somali people to pursue their state-building, economic recovery and security priorities. The United Nations and the wider international community stand with them," said the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Raisedon Zenenga.
According to initial reports, three vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices were detonated near the capital’s Sahafi Hotel on Friday afternoon, with the car bombings then followed by an armed attack by militants. Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
UNSOM expresses its condolences to the families of the victims of the attack and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured.