Ban deplores deadly attacks on civilians in Kenya

Kenyan troops serving with AMISOM make their way through the Somali port city of Kismayo following the ouster of Al Shabaab militants. UN Photo/Stuart Price

4 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned “in the strongest terms” the attacks that took place on Sunday in Mpeketoni, Kenya, which reportedly killed at least 48 people and wounded many more.

“The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the deceased and the Government of Kenya and wishes the wounded a swift recovery,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

The Somali insurgent group known as Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks, which targeted hotels and a police station and lasted several hours, according to media reports.

“The Secretary-General reiterates the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Government of Kenya in their struggle against terrorism,” said today’s statement.

“He trusts the authorities will do all in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice in a manner that is fully respectful of Kenya’s human rights obligations.”


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