UN / MOGADISHU ATTACK

25-Jul-2019 00:01:17
In a statement read by his spokesperson, UN chief António Guterres “strongly condemned the deadly terrorist attacks” that took place in Mogadishu on Wednesday directed against the offices of the Benadir Regional Administration and in the surroundings of Villa Somalia. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / MOGADISHU ATTACK
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General strongly condemned the deadly terrorist attacks that took place in Mogadishu yesterday directed against the offices of the Benadir Regional Administration and in the surroundings of Villa Somalia. The Secretary-General extended his deep condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones. He reiterated the full support and solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Federal Government of Somalia. The United Nations remains committed to supporting the people of Somalia in the pursuit of peace, stability and development.”
5. Med shot, journalist asking question
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We don’t have any particular information connecting the bombing to Mr. Swan. As you are aware, there is a considerable amount of violence in Mogadishu and we have expressed our concerns about that over the years. And Mr. Swan had been present at that site, but that had been some time prior to the attack. So, we don’t have any particular information connecting it to the targeting of our Envoy.”
7. Wide shot, press room
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In a statement read by his spokesperson, UN chief António Guterres “strongly condemned the deadly terrorist attacks” that took place in Mogadishu on Wednesday directed against the offices of the Benadir Regional Administration and in the surroundings of Villa Somalia.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (25 Jul), UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said the Secretary-General extended his deep condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones. He reiterated “the full support and solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Federal Government of Somalia.” Haq said, the UN remained “committed to supporting the people of Somalia in the pursuit of peace, stability and development.”

Asked about the claim by Al Shabab that the bombing it carried out was targeting the UN Special Representative for Somalia James Swan, Haq said the UN did not have “any particular information” connecting the bombing to the UN official. He said there is a considerable amount of violence in Mogadishu and the UN had expressed its concerns about that over the years. Haq did confirm that Swan had been present at that site, “but that had been some time prior to the attack; so, we don’t have any particular information connecting it to the targeting of our Envoy.”

Initial media reports indicated that a suicide bomb was detonated within the municipal premises during a meeting, leaving several people dead and injured. According to reports, Mayor of Mogadishu Abdirahman Omar Osman had been injured.
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