#AceNewsServices – SOMALIA (Mogadishu) – October 16 – The top United Nations official in Somalia today condemned the car bombing which left an estimated 13 people dead and many more injured in Mogadishu, the capital, amid a precarious humanitarian situation in the rest of the country.

“I condemn last night’s appalling terrorist attack against innocent civilians in Mogadishu resulting in numerous casualties,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay.

For decades, Somalia has been riven by factional fighting and the recent spread of religious fanaticism in the guise of Al-Shabaab has only added to the beleaguered country’s woes.

In 2012, new Somali national institutions emerged as the country ended a transitional phase toward setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government. Meanwhile, the Somali National Army (SNA) and the UN-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been pursuing a renewed offensive against Al-Shabaab insurgents, who in 2011 were forced to retreat from the capital, Mogadishu.

The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which Mr. Kay leads, was established in 2013 by the UN Security Council.

It is mandated to support the Federal Government of Somalia with its peace and state building agenda and to strengthen Somalia’s security sector, promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment and assist in the coordination of international assistance.

“The use of such indiscriminate tactics against the Somali people is a cruel and despicable crime. I commend the swift response of Somalia’s security and medical staff.

The perpetrators need to be brought to justice swiftly,” added Mr. Kay.

At the same time, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, voiced extreme concern over the unfolding humanitarian crisis in southern, central and north-eastern Somalia where numerous communities remain “desperately” in need of water, food and healthcare.

“The humanitarian operation in Somalia requires urgent scale-up,” Mr. Lazzarini said in a press statement. “We are in a race against time to save lives in areas stricken by drought and conflict.”

The humanitarian coordinator noted that aid workers could reach affected areas despite the numerous challenges and persisting insecurity but urged the international community to drastically ramp up its financial assistance for the country.

“Despite competing crises in the world today, not responding to the humanitarian situation in Somalia is not an option,” Mr. Lazzarini continued.

“Critical funding is needed today to expand operations. Funding pipelines for food security, nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene services must be increased without delay.”

UN News Centre 


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` Explosions and Gunfire Heard in Somali Capital Mogadishu as Parliament Comes Under Attack ‘

#AceBreakingNews – MOGADISHU – May 24 – Explosions and gunfire have been heard in the Somali capital Mogadishu as the parliament came under attack while MPs were meeting.

The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear.

Somalia’s first parliament of its own since the collapse of government in 1992 was sworn in two years ago.

The fragile Somali government has been waging a war on insurgents of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, who were pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011.

The parliament in Mogadishu – which operated as a transitional assembly from 2004 to 2012 – has been attacked several times, including in 2009 and 2010.

Last month, a Somali parliamentarian was blown up and another shot dead in separate attacks.Some 22,000 African Union troops are helping the government battle al-Shabab.

Although it has lost control of most towns and cities, al-Shabab still dominates in many rural areas.

Al-Shabab, whose name means “The Youth” in Arabic, advocates the strict Saudi-inspired Wahhabi version of Islam.

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Somaili ` Mogadishu and a Car Bomb Explodes near Hotel targeted several times aimed at Officials and Businessmen ‘

#AceWorldNews A car bomb has exploded in the centre of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, near a hotel popular with government officials and businessmen, according to police and witnesses, AFP reports.

Police confirmed that at least one person was injured in the blast.

The area close to the hotel has been targeted several times recently and in November 2013 the hotel itself was hit, leaving several people dead.


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`Al-Shabbab Group kills 10 people in `Mogadishu’ and say they also carried out the assault on the `Presidents Palace’ in Somali’

#AceWorldNews says an Islamist militant suicide bomber drove a car into a Mogadishu cafe on Thursday, killing at least 10 people, Reuters reported.

The place is frequented by members of the security forces.

The Al Shabaab group said it had carried out the attack, which followed an assault by its fighters on the president’s palace in the Somali capital last week.

Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said the attack had targeted security personnel who were sitting in the tea shop, killing 11 officers and wounding 15 others.


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`Somalia’s Presidential Palace in `Mogadishu’ hit by `Suicide Bomb Attack’ – Reports’

#AceWorldNews says the presidential palace in Somalia’s capital was hit on Friday by a major car bomb and gun attack, AFP reported, citing police.

Reuters also reported that a loud explosion was heard near the centre of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, followed by prolonged heavy bursts of gunfire.

The city has been hit by a series of suicide bomb attacks in the past few weeks, claimed by Al-Qaeda-linked militants, Al Shabaab.

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` Hundreds of Families are fleeing `Somali Capital’ following `Mortar Fire’ landing on Civilian Homes’

#AceWorldNews says hundreds of families are fleeing the Somali capital after a spike in the number of clashes between militants and pro-government troops, AP reported, citing local residents.

On Thursday, dozens of vehicles piled high with belongings headed to the outskirts of Mogadishu.

Heavy clashes have included mortar fire that has landed on civilian homes, witnesses say.

Mogadishu has seen relative stability since the ouster of Islamist rebels from Al-Shabab in 2011.

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“Germany to Contribute Troops to EU Training Mission in Somali”

#AceWorldNews says `Germany to Contribute Troops to EU Training Mission in Somali Capital’

English: A Somali boy receives a polio vaccina...

English: A Somali boy receives a polio vaccination at the Tunisian hospital in Mogadishu. The hospital treats local diseases, malnutrition, and other injuries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Germany will send troops to an EU training mission in Mogadishu, Reuters reported. The move comes less than a year after security concerns led Berlin to abandon a similar training operation, when it relocated from Uganda to the Somali capital.

The decision to pull out had been taken by the previous government, a foreign office spokesman said on Monday, adding that the situation in Somalia had since improved.

The new German government, which took office last December, has promised a more robust foreign and security policy.


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