Deadly attack on peacekeeping base in Somalia condemned by UN

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AMISOM troops. UN Photo/Ilyas A Abukar

A deadly attack on an African Union peacekeeping base in Somalia has been condemned by the UN's senior representative in the country.

Three peacekeepers from the AU mission known as AMISOM and two civilian contractors were killed after insurgents from the Al-Shabaab terrorist group entered the base on Thursday.

Aleem Siddique is the Spokesperson for the UN Mission in Somalia.

"AMISOM has regained control of the Halane base camp and restored normalcy. All African Union and UN personnel in the base camp are safe and secure. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General has condemned this reprehensible attack against the AMISOM base and made clear the United Nations continued determination to support the Somali people as they try to build a peaceful future for themselves."

The base at Mogadishu airport also hosts the British and Italian embassies and is used as the headquarters for UN operations in Somalia.

At least six people were killed earlier in December when Al-Shabaab attacked a UN convoy near the airport.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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