New York

15 April 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the deadly attacks in Mogadishu on 14 April at the Regional Court House and near Mogadishu International Airport in which dozens of people were reported killed and injured. These are brazen acts of terrorism against the Government, state institutions and the people of Somalia.

The Secretary-General expresses his sincere condolences to the families of those killed and wishes the injured a rapid recovery. He pays tribute to AMISOM and Somali security forces, whose courage and determination helped to bring the situation back under control.

The Secretary-General is confident that such appalling acts will not derail the determination of the Somali people to achieve peace and security in their country.  He reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to support the Federal Government of Somalia, its institutions and the Somali people.