Top UN official in Somalia condemns terrorist attack on hotel in Mogadishu

A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price

A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price

Somalia, 26 July 2015 – The most senior United Nations official in Somalia has strongly condemned today’s terrorist attack on Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu that resulted in several deaths and injuries.

“I condemn the terrorist attack in Mogadishu today. The killers will not succeed in impeding the progress and extraordinary efforts of the Somali people and Government,” Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, said in a statement.

According to press reports, the attack on the hotel killed several people wounded at least 20 others.

“I commend the swift response of Somalia’s security and first responders. The perpetrators need to be brought to justice swiftly,” the UN official added.

Mr. Kay, who also heads up the UN Assistance Mission in Somallia (UNSOM), offered his sincere condolences to the family and friends of all those who have suffered, as well as to the Federal Government of Somalia.

He also extends his condolences to the family and friends of Abdulahi Hussein Mohamud, a Member of the Federal Parliament and lawmaker, and Sai’d Ali Saleh, a government official, who were shot and killed in separate incidents yesterday.

“The United Nations and international partners will stand firm in our efforts tohelp the Somali people to realize their aspirations for a secure and stable future,” Mr. Kay added in the statement.