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    UN Special Envoy to Somalia Condemns Deadly al-Shabaab Attack in Mogadishu

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    Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Michael Keating condemned on Tuesday the deadly attack in the country's capital of Mogadishu.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, at least a dozen people were killed when two vehicles exploded on the way to a base for African Union peacekeepers near Mogadishu International Airport. According to media reports, the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab was behind the explosions.

    "Al-Shabaab have once again carried out a ruthless attack that has claimed the lives of at least a dozen Somalis. The overwhelming majority of Somalis have rejected such terrorist tactics and the use of violence to achieve political objectives. This horrific incident is a fresh example of the extremists’ desperate attempts to disrupt political progress," Keating was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the UN office in Geneva.

    Keating added that that he extended condolences to friends and families of the victims on behalf of the UN staff in the African nation.

    Somalia has been experiencing violence since the country devolved into a civil war in the early 1990s. The state’s collapse provided a breeding ground for warlords, pirates and the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab.

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