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UN condemns mortar shell attacks in Mogadishu, says ‘several’ staff injured

Sunday October 13, 2019

MOGADISHU (HOL) - The UN in Somalia has condemned the mortar shells targeted at its compounds Sunday afternoon terming a ‘blatant act of terrorism.’

UN Special Representative to Somalia James Swan said in a statement the attacks on UN and AMISOM compounds were ‘appalling’.

“I am appalled by this blatant act of terrorism against our personnel, who work together with the Somali people on humanitarian, peace building, and development issues,” said Swan.

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The UN top official in Somalia also confirmed staff at the compounds were injured but did not specify the number. He however noted ‘several people’ were injured.

The mortar shells landed at the AMISOM and UN compounds at the heavily fortified Halane area which is located with the Aden Adde Airport area.

“Thankfully, the majority of our staff is unhurt. I wish our wounded colleagues a full recovery from their injuries,” said Mr. Swan. “There is no justification for such despicable acts of violence, and the United Nations remains determined to support Somalia on its path to peace, stability and development.” 

The militant group Al-Shabaab through its affiliate media claimed responsibility for the attack.

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