UNITED NATIONS, December 3 (Sputnik) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned the killing of 36 people in a mining quarry in northern Kenya.
“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the horrific attack on civilian workers in Mandera today, which reportedly killed at least thirty-six people,” the statement published on the UN website said.
The UN chief expressed his deep condolences to the victims’ families and people of Kenya.
He also expressed hope that those responsible for the attack would be quickly brought to justice and reaffirmed the full support of the United Nations to Kenya's efforts to fight terrorism.
On Tuesday, militants from al-Shabaab terror group killed 36 people, mainly Christian, at a quarry near Kenya’s northeastern town of Mandera close to the border with Somalia.
In November, al-Shabaab insurgents slaughtered 28 civilians in Kenya, singling out non-Muslims on a public bus near the Somalian border, an attack condemned by the UN Security Council.
Al-Shabaab, a clan-based militant group linked to al-Qaeda, took over most of southern Somalia in 2006 and later advanced to the central areas of the country.
In 2011, Kenya declared war on al-Shabaab after a series of kidnappings, organized by the group and sent troops to Somalia. Since then, northeastern regions of Kenya have seen a number of terror attacks by the insurgent group.