UN envoy condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Mogadishu

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Special Representative Augustine Mahiga. UN Photo/Stuart Price

The deadly terrorist attacks in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday have been condemned by the top United Nations envoy in the country, Dr. Augustine Mahiga.

Dr. Mahiga says he is shocked and outraged by the attacks in which at least 30 civilians, including women and a child were reportedly killed and scores of others injured.

He describes the attacks, for which the Al Shabaab insurgents have claimed responsibility, as one of the most tragic events in recent months.

Dr. Mahiga says there have been several terrorist attempts and minor attacks which were pre-empted and foiled before hand.

"This one was well coordinated, well planned and executed. It targeted the Supreme Court compounds which is one of the fundamental institutions of the government. It was definitely calculated to instil maximum terror and threat to the current government and there are several places where the bombs did explode. But I think this is still one of those last resort attempts by an otherwise defeated insurgent group which will continue to resort to this means." ( 29")

Dr. Mahiga said the attack is a reminder that the people shouldn't be deterred politically and underlines the need to strengthen the security forces to deal with terrorist attacks in Somalia.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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