Somalia: Security Council strongly condemns Al Shabaab attack on African Union base

Sierra Leonean troops with AMISOM conduct a foot patrol near the city of Kismayo in southern Somalia. Photo: AU/UN/IST/Jacob Willmer

Sierra Leonean troops with AMISOM conduct a foot patrol near the city of Kismayo in southern Somalia. Photo: AU/UN/IST/Jacob Willmer

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the recent attack perpetrated by Al Shabaab against a base belonging to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Janaale District, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.

In a statement to the press, the Council condemned the attack, which occurred on 1 September and expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Uganda. The Council also wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

In addition, the members of the Council underlined their gratitude to AMISOM and its troop-contributing countries for their bravery and sacrifices in the fight against Al Shabaab.

Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.

The 15-member body also urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law, and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Somali authorities in this regard.

“The members of the Security Council underlined that neither this, nor any other act of terrorism, would weaken their commitment to supporting the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia,” the statement concluded.