SRSG Keating condemns terrorist attack in Gaalkacyo
PRESS STATEMENT 21/2016
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, strongly condemned the twin explosions in the city of Gaalkacyo this morning that killed at least 12 people and injured over 25.
Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the attack carried out in two vehicles laden with explosives that targeted a municipal government building near a crowded market. Among the victims were schoolchildren who died in the second blast.
“Extremists have once again demonstrated their disregard for human life,” said SRSG Keating. “This act of terror highlights the vulnerability of Somali civilians including children to actors who continue to use violence to achieve their objectives.”
Mr. Keating commended the quick reaction of Puntland security forces who opened fire on the second vehicle, thereby preventing the suicide bomber from reaching the government building and inflicting even more casualties.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the loved ones of the victims, especially the parents of the children who have suffered the worst tragedy that can befall a family,” he said. “We wish the wounded a full and speedy recovery from the injuries they sustained in the attack.”