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Turkey and UN condemn Somalia UN office attack
Journal of Turkish Weekly
Saturday, June 22, 2013

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Turkey's Foreign Ministry and UN condemned a car bomb attack on UN office in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

ANKARA

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned Wednesday's car bomb attack on UN office in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

MFA statement said the bomb attack on UN Development Program office which killed more than 10 people including UN employees, was "learnt with sadness."

MFA offered condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, to the Somali authorities and to the UN community.

UN released a statement saying that Ban condemned the attack and conveyed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.

"The attack was an act of blatant terrorism and a desperate attack to knock Somalia off its path of recovery and peacebuilding," the UN statement said.

The Security Council also condemned the attack that killed fifteen people including four foreign nationals.

Al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Fifteen people including four foreign nationals were killed in a car bomb attack outside the UN Development Program office in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday, Somalia's Interior Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled said.

Guled said there was an exchange of fire between the security staff and several armed fighters who stormed the UN office following the blast. He said security forces took control of the compound in Mogadishu.

Al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attacks. Troops from the African Union Mission InSomalia (AMISOM) were deployed to the scene.

The UN Development Program office is located next to an international airport in southern Mogadishu.


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