Militants Attack UN Somalia Base

Fighting in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia (File Photo).

Mogadishu: The United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) have roundly condemned Al-Shabaab’s terrorist attack at a United Nations compound in Mogadishu, Somalia on Monday.

“The attack is another proof that the militants have no regard for the sanctity of human life. They insist on scuttling the progress so far achieved in restoring peace and security in the country,” the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira said.

Seven mortar shells were fired by Al-Shabaab militants targeting the African Union Mission in Somalia Basecamp (AMISOM), but all of them failed to hit their intended target.

The AMISOM is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations Security Council.

UN secretary general António Guterres said: “The Secretary-General reaffirms that such acts will not diminish the strong resolve of the United Nations to continue supporting the people and Government of Somalia in their efforts to build peace and stability in the country.”