UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Friday said it is "appalled" by the attack against Somalia's presidential palace, and urged the Somali authorities and people to fight against terrorism.
The attack, for which Al-Qaida-linked terror group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility, took place on Friday in Mogadishu, leaving at least twelve dead. The presidential palace, known as Villa Somalia, is also the seat of the Somali government.
In a press statement issued here, the Security Council members reaffirmed that this and other acts of terrorism would not weaken their determination to support the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia.
They extended their condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and government of Somalia. They also underlined their support to all those working to bring a better future to the people of Somalia
Reiterating their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, the 15-nation body underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.
It urged all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Somali authorities in this regard.
MOGADISHU, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Twelve people were killed on Friday in a attack by militant group Al-Shabaab against Somalia's presidential palace in Mogadishu, a government minister said.
"Nine attackers including two suicide bombers were killed when they tried to force their way into the presidential palace. Three were killed on the government side, including two officials and a soldier," Minister for National Security Abdelkarim Hussein Guled told reporters here. Full story