UN Chief condemns Al-Shabaab attack in Beledweyne
The Secretary-General of the United Nations has condemned Monday’s triple car bomb attacks in Beledweyne, HirShabelle State, which resulted in many casualties, including senior state officials.
The UN chief extended his condolences to the families of the bereaved as well as the Government and people of Somalia.
In a statement, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wished a swift recovery to the injured.
The Secretary-General reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to work with regional and other international actors in supporting the people and Government of Somalia on their path toward a peaceful Somalia.
The triple car bomb attacks in Beledweyne have so far led to the death of more than thirty people.
The Somali militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
The militants said they killed Africa Union Troops stationed at the Lama Galay camp during the attack, according to their spokesperson Abdiaziz Abu Musa’ab.
A third explosion targeting first responders was detonated in the evening, increasing the number of casualties.
The latest blasts come at a time when the government has been conducting military operations conducted by the Somali Government and allied militia in parts of Central and Southern Somalia that has led to the liberation of key towns.