The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, said he was shocked and saddened by today’s car bombing which occurred near Villa Somalia in the vicinity of the National Theatre in Mogadishu.
In a statement posted on UNPOS website, Mahiga said such attacks could not be tolerated saying it will only reinforce the determination of the Somali people to persevere.
“Today’s assault was entirely unacceptable”, said Mahiga, “Somalia has made great strides forward on the path of progress and stabilization and these cowardly terrorist attacks will only reinforce the determination of the Somali people to persevere. At this sad moment, our thoughts are with family and friends of those injured and killed.”
At least eight people have been killed when a suspected suicide bomber blew up a car laden with explosives near the presidential palace.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility saying it was targeting intelligence chief Khalif Ereg who allegedly sustained minor head injuries.
Security has improved in Mogadishu over the past year following the withdrawal of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group.
This is one of the most deadly attacks in Mogadishu since a new UN-backed Somali government was formed last year.