UNSOM condemns suicide bombing in Gaalkacyo as attempt to derail reconciliation process
PRESS STATEMENT 02/2018
The United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) condemns today's suicide bombing in the city of Gaalkacyo, which reportedly killed government security officers and civilians.
"This attack occurred because extremists feel threatened by the progress that is being made with reconciliation efforts in Gaalkacyo," said the head of UNSOM, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating.
"The country has suffered enough violence and bloodshed; it is time for reconciliation," he added. “The people and authorities in Gaalkacyo are courageously finding a way forward; they should not be derailed by this assault on their chances of a peaceful future.’’
According to initial reports, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in an area of the city known as Jiiro Abdullahi Yusuf, where security forces were stationed, earlier on Saturday morning, killing at least two senior security force commanders as well as civilians. Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility.
UNSOM expresses its condolences to the families and colleagues of the victims and wishes the injured a full and speedy recovery.