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UN slams deadly terror strikes in Somalia

16 April 2013, 13:02

New York - The UN Security Council on Monday said it condemned in the strongest possible terms terror attacks that left 34 people dead in Mogadishu.

In a statement on Sunday's attacks, the 15 council members said they "underline their willingness to take action against those whose behaviour threatens the peace, stability, or security of Somalia".

They likewise "reaffirm their resolve to support the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia, including through the imminent deployment of a new UN Special Political Mission".

Meanwhile the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was "confident that such appalling acts will not derail the determination of the Somali people to achieve peace and security in their country.

Ban said he "reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to support the Federal Government of Somalia, its institutions and the Somali people".

On Sunday, a nine-man suicide commando unit blasted its way into Mogadishu's main court complex, some blowing up their explosive vests while others sprayed gunfire in a rampage that left 29 civilians dead, while a separate bomb attack killed five more.

The al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the courthouse attack.



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