The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned the attack on the Somali Parliament and the many killings claimed by Al-Shabaab's since the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
"I condemn this morning's attempted attack on Somalia's Federal Parliament. I commend the bravery of the security forces who lost their lives ensuring the terrorists were thwarted. Al-Shabaab have bombed, assassinated and terrorised Somalis in Mogadishu since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, a month dedicated to prayers and peace. I call on all Somalis to unite and work with the authorities to prevent further attacks and to bring to justice those behind this murderous campaign," SRSG Kay said.
"The United Nations is working side by side with the Somali people to build peace and a new, functioning state. We are working actively with the Federal Government, AMISOM and international partners to build strong Somali national security forces to protect and serve all Somali people" he added.
SRSG Kay offered his sincere condolences to the family and friends of those killed, as well as to the Federal Parliament of Somalia, and wished a quick recovery for the injured.