East African bloc condemns attack on UN, AMISOM compounds in Somalia

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 00:00 |
People attend the 2nd anniversary of Oct. 14 terror attack in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, Oct. 14, 2019. (Xinhua/Hassan Bashi)

The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Mahboub Maalim, on Monday condemned Sunday's attack on the United Nations (UN) and the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) facilities in Mogadishu, capital of the Horn of African nation. 

AMISOM has confirmed three of its staff were slightly injured during Sunday's mortar attack on the UN and AU missions' compounds. 

  Al-Shabab reportedly fired several mortar bombs into the Halane base camp, which houses AMISOM, UN and other international agencies committed to serving the people of Somalia at around 1:15 pm local time on Sunday. 

Expressing his wish in a statement of a quick recovery to the several persons injured in the attack, Maalim described it as an "evil terrorist attempt." 

He has commended the UN Mission to Somalia (UNSOM) and AMISOM for their role in supporting the government of Somalia and the Somali people in their quest for a peaceful and prosperous country. 

Maalim expressed IGAD's solidarity with the partners whose sterling performance in their mandate cannot be over emphasized. 

  He has also expressed commitment to supporting the government and the people of Somaliain the stabilization process. 

Remembering the October 14th terror attack in Mogadishu a year ago, where scores of people were killed and many more injured, Maalim reiterated the regional organization's commitment to supporting the government and people of Somalia in their fight against all forms of terrorism.  (Xinhua)

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