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Somalia: 3 Injured as Al Shabaab Attack Main UN Compound

At least two United Nations officials have Tuesday been injured in an attack by militant Islamists on a UN base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, officials said.

“Seven mortars landed inside the compound this afternoon, injuring two UN staff members and one contractor,” UN said in a statement seen by ChimpReports. 

“None of the injuries is life-threatening.”

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, condemned in the strongest possible today’s indirect fire attack, saying it may amount to a violation of international humanitarian law. 

Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Haysom also deplored what he described as “unwarranted act of aggression against our personnel.”

Regional troop contributors to Amisom have since warned Al Shabaab remain a threat to reckon with as UN insists on pulling Amisom out of Somalia. 

An attack on the UN compound in 2013 left at least 15 people dead. 

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Contacted for comment, Uganda’s Defence Forces Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said the attack “means that AMISOM still has a role to play towards total pacification of Somalia and building state security institutions especially the Army.”

Meanwhile, Haysom said no political agenda can be served through violence that deliberately targets staff members of international organizations who are supporting the consolidation of peace and the strengthening of governing institutions in Somalia.”

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