UN officials "saddened and shocked" by attack on UN compound in Mogadishu

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Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The Secretary-General of the United Nations and his deputy are deeply saddened and shocked by Wednesday's attack on the UN compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

That's what UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in the Security Council as it began its meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security.

According to the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), a pickup truck rigged with explosives was detonated outside the gate of the compound.

UNSOM adds that attackers then entered on foot with gunfire and further explosions followed as staff took refuge in secure areas.

Mr. Eliasson describes the attack as outrageous.

"The Secretary-General and I were deeply saddened and shocked by the outrageous attack on the United Nations compound this morning in Mogadishu. Full details are still emerging, but we know that several people have died. The Secretary-General and I express our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. Our thoughts are with the United Nations staff and all those who have suffered through this tragedy. We remain committed to the principles of achieving peace and to keep Somalia on its path to recovery which were so recently strongly endorsed by this Council." (29")

The Deputy Secretary-General expressed thanks to the government of Somalia and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for their prompt response.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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