Security Council outraged by attack on UN compound in Mogadishu

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Ambassador Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom, reading a Security Council press statement regarding today’s attack on the UN compound in Somalia. [19 June, 2013]

The Security Council says it is outraged by the attack on a United Nations compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday which caused numerous deaths and injuries for which Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility.

In a press statement issued later in the day, Security Council members extend their condolences to the victims and families as well as to the people and Government of Somalia.

They commend the brave response to the attack by the Somali Armed Forces and the African Union Assistance Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom is the President of the Security Council in June.

“The members of the Security Council underline their support for all UN personnel working to bring peace, stability and prosperity to the Somali people. The members of the Security Council reaffirm that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever and by whomsoever committed. “(29")

The Security Council underlined that terrorist acts in Somalia will not lessen its resolve to support the country's transition to peace and stability.

Ambassador Grant said according to the information he had, the attack resulted in 15 deaths – four Somali nationals, four foreign nationals including one UNDP worker and seven terrorist attackers.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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