UN, US Condemn Somalia Bomb Explosion
The UN and the U.S. have strongly condemned the Saturday bomb attacks in Mogadishu that claimed over 270 lives.
It has been described as Somalia’s worst-ever bomb attack.
One thing that the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres believes will end such acts of terrorism is unity of purpose.
He wants the nation’s citizens “to unite in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and work together in building a functional and inclusive federal state”.
A massive car bomb detonated outside the entrance to a hotel in the city’s K5 junction, which is home to government offices, hotels and restaurants.
Latest reports say over 270 people were killed and an even greater number of people injured.
Later in the day, a second bombing occurred in the city’s Madina district.
The Secretary-General, in a statement by Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesperson, commended the first responders and residents of Mogadishu for mobilising to aid during the attack.
Guterres conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families as well as his wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured.
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The Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Somalia, Michael Keating said the UN and the AU Mission in Somalia were working closely to support the response by the Federal Government of Somalia and Local Government Authorities.
According to Keating, the support by the missions included the provision of logistical support, medical supplies and expertise in the aftermath of the bombings.
“It is a revolting attack both in terms of its intent and impact,” the Special Representative said.
He said that the immediate priority was to support efforts led by the authorities to recover from the attack and help those affected, especially the injured and newly homeless.
In a separate statement by a spokesperson for the Department of State, Ms Heather Nauert, the U.S. condoled the victims of the bomb attacks and those injured.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks that killed and injured hundreds in Mogadishu,” the statement read.