Mogadishu, 15 March 2012 – The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Dr. Augustine Mahiga has condemned in the strongest possible terms the cowardly suicide attack at the entrance of Villa Somalia, the seat of the Transitional Federal
Government yesterday in Mogadishu.
“My most heartfelt condolences go to the families of the victims and I send my wishes for quick recovery to the wounded”, SRSG Mahiga said. Noting that Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility, the SRSG called on the insurgents to “cease immediately all
attacks that continue to cause extraordinary suffering to the civilian population in complete disregard of the value of human life.”
In recent months, the people of Mogadishu have begun to see the dividends of security and stability and have themselves played a vital role in identifying explosive objects and foiling terrorist attempts. The SRSG urged them to keep a high level of alertness and promised that “Such acts of terrorism will not derail the peace process.”
SRSG Mahiga also called on the TFG to provide assistance to the victims of terrorism and stressed the importance of strengthening the Somali National Security Forces. “The UN remains ready to continue its support to the TFG towards peace, stability and national reconciliation,” he said.
Source: UNPOS Office in mogadisho