UN leader arrives in Somalia

2011-12-09 09:07

Mogadishu - A Somalia police official says UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Somalia's capital, the first visit by the UN's top leader to Mogadishu in years.

Ban's arrival in the war-torn capital city has been made possible because of the military gains that African Union forces have made this year against al-Shabaab militants, who last year at this time controlled most of Mogadishu.

Still, the militants have been waging a campaign of roadside and suicide bomb attacks, injecting some risk into the UN chief's visit.

The visit is the first in years to Mogadishu by the UN's top official. A Somalia police official confirmed the arrival of Ki-moon but said he could not be quoted by name.