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Somalia: Ban, envoy condemn attack in Mogadishu

New York, US - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, have strongly condemned an attack near the airport in Mogadishu that resulted in a number of deaths and injuries, as well as damage to a UN vehicle.

According to a UN statement on Thursday, the vehicle exploded close to a UN convoy near the airport at about 12:30 local time.

The Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab, has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, which media reports said killed at least six people.

The statement quoted Ban as condemning the attack and expressed his deep condolences to the families of the Somali citizens that have been killed and also wished those injured a swift recovery.

It said that 'the UN chief remains determined to support the Somali government in preventing such attacks and holding the perpetrators accountable'.

He also expressed his appreciation to the UN staff in Somalia for their continued dedication under difficult circumstances.

'The Secretary-General reaffirms the undeterred resolve of the United Nations to support the people and Federal Government of Somalia,' the statement added.

On his part, the UN envoy in Somalia, said: 'The UN in Somalia strongly condemns the attack and expresses deep sorrow at the reported deaths and injuries to Somali bystanders'.

He noted that a UN car was damaged but no UN staff was injured.

'However, four security escorts were slightly injured,' he added.

Pana 14/02/2014