UN condemns Somali bombing

2012-09-21 16:00
A Somali government soldier walks past the body of a man (not seen)killed by a suicide bomber in Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP)

A Somali government soldier walks past the body of a man (not seen)killed by a suicide bomber in Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Galkayo - The United Nations special representative for Somalia condemned a suicide bombing which killed 14 people on Thursday at a Mogadishu cafe frequented by politicians and journalists in the capital.

Somali police Col Muhammad Dahair said the evening explosion happened at a cafe near the seat of government. He could not immediately say how many others were wounded.

A second police official, Abdiwali Hassan, said three journalists were among those killed. He did not know if any prominent politicians were among the dead.

The attack was likely carried out by the militant group al-Shabaab which has been fighting the Somali government for nearly five years. Africa Union forces pushed the al-Qaeda affiliated group out of Mogadishu in August 2011 but the militants have continued to carry out suicide attacks in the capital.

The UN secretary-general's special representative to Somalia condemned the attack, which follows Sunday's inauguration of President Hassan Skeikh Mohamud.

"I strongly condemn this cowardly and senseless attack. These acts of terrorism cannot reverse the recent achievements that Somalia has witnessed - such incidents can only reinforce the determination of the Somali people to reject violence and engage in peaceful resolution of conflict," said Augustine P Mahiga, head of the UN Political Office for Somalia.

The election of Mohamud marked the end of an eight-year UN-backed political transition period, which also saw the recent election of a parliament and the adoption of a provisional constitution.

"This attack coming at a time when the people have resoundingly welcomed a popular process towards attaining more legitimate and representative institutions is an affront to the will of the Somali people and an attack on the return of normalcy to Somalia," Mahiga said. "We will not let the hard-won momentum towards stability be affected by such events."

- AP

Read more on:    un  |  al-shabaab  |  al-qaeda  |  somalia  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Rondebosch - 08:05 AM
    Road name: M5 Northbound
    DELAYS between Kromboom Road and the N2 Highway
  • Thursday Cape Town - 08:02 AM
    Road name: N2 Inbound
    Earlier STATIONARY VEHICLE at Liesbeeck Parkway has been CLEARED - DELAYS from Bhunga Avenue
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Pre-order the Xbox One

Get this all-in-one entertainment system with live TV, movies, social networking and gaming. Pre-order now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB

There are no straight lines in nature. The Samsung  GALAXY...

From R3795.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your heart is big and you are sensitive to the needs of those around you. Your humanitarian side is emphasized today and you may...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.