White House on Wednesday strongly condemned the "despicable" attack on the United Nations office in Somalia.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
"Today's attack highlights the repugnant terrorist tactics al-
Shabaab continues to use to stand in the way of efforts to ease the
suffering of the Somali people," White House National Security Council
Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.
The statement came after suicide bombers attacked the UN's office in
Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, on Wednesday, leaving at least 15 people
dead, including eight working for the UN. The al- Qaida linked militant
al-Shabaab group said it was behind the assault.
"Whether by denying food and medical aid during one of the region's
worst droughts, or by repeated attacks against fellow Somalis and
soldiers helping to build a lasting peace, al-Shabaab has shown again
and again that it stands on the side of death and destruction," Hayden
Hayden also reiterated Washington's support to the United Nations in building a safer and more prosperous future of Somalia.
The deadly Mogadishu attack comes at time when the new UN mission for
Somalia known as UNSOM have taken over from the previous mission whose
mandate ended in June.
The radical group of al-Shabaab has previously banned UN aid agencies
from operating in areas under their control accusing the agency of
carrying out anti-Islam activities, a charge vehemently denied by the
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday told the Somali president that he was "concerned and outraged" by the attack.