UN chief, top official, condemn Somalia blasts

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

The UN Secretary-General has condemned deadly blasts in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which killed upwards of 250 people and injured hundreds more.

The double car bombings occurred on Saturday in two different areas of the city.

Dianne Penn reports.

In a statement issued on Sunday, UN chief António Guterres strongly condemned the attacks and urged all Somalis to unite in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

He has conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

The Secretary-General also commended the first responders and ordinary citizens who have mobilized to assist the victims.

He has also reaffirmed UN support and solidarity for the Somali government and people in their pursuit of peace and stability, the statement concluded

Meanwhile, the UN Representative in Somalia said he was shocked and appalled by the death and destruction caused by the attack, which he described as "revolting."

Michael Keating said the UN and the African Union mission in the country, AMISOM, are working closely to support the authorities, including with providing logistical support, medical supplies and expertise.

"The international community will do everything possible to help the people and government of Somalia overcome this tragedy," he said in a statement, also issued on Sunday.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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