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UN condemns mortar attack on Aden Adde International Airport area

The United Nations in Somalia has strongly condemned a mortar attack which killed a member of the UN Guard Unit on Thursday.

In a statement from United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) a number of mortar rounds landed inside the Aden Adde International Airport area, in which the UN Compound is located, on Thursday night.

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“The UN Guard Unit plays an integral role in ensuring the safety and security of UN staff working in support of Somali peace- and state-building. We condemn this act of violence, and our thoughts are with the family and colleagues of the victim during this difficult time,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Catriona Laing.

In addition to the death of a UN Guard Unit member, the mortar rounds damaged infrastructure. Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

The UN in Somalia has called for those responsible to be brought to justice, saying it remains committed to supporting the people and government of Somalia in their efforts to build peace and stability in the country.

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