UN Security Council voices concern over Al-Shabaab ‘threat’ after deadly attacks

Al-Shabaab attack on Halane base
Police officers work in Mogadishu, Somalia, March 23, 2022, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Twitter/@Hajishire/via REUTERS

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The United Nations Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms” attacks by Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab on a base in Mogadishu housing foreign diplomatic missions and Hirshabelle presidential complex in Baladweyne on Wednesday.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Somalia and wished a speedy and full recovery to the those injured,” UN Security Council said in a statement issued on Thursday.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable, and bring them to justice.”

On Wednesday, two fighters of the Al-Qaeda-affiliate burst their way into the heavily fortified Halane base in Mogadishu where they battled African Union peacekeepers and Somali security forces for hours, killing a number of foreign nationals and soldiers, in the latest brazen attempt by insurgents to disrupt ongoing polls. read more

Members of the Security Council expressed concern about the threat to peace and security posed by Al-Shabaab in Somalia and the Horn of Africa region as a whole. In the statement, they urged Somalia’s leaders to “work together on critical national issues, including conclusion of the ongoing electoral process [and], the fight against terrorism”.

In a separate twin bomb attack in Baladweyne, insurgents killed an MP critic of the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who had earlier accused his allies in the national intelligence agency of murdering a female spy from her constituency. read more

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