unhealthy http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-content/plugins/siteorigin-panels/inc/widgets.php geneva;”>“I strongly condemn this cowardly and senseless attack. These acts of terrorism cannot reverse the recent achievements that Somalia has witnessed – such incidents can only reinforce the determination of the Somali people to reject violence and engage in peaceful resolution of conflict, view http://changescale.org/wp-includes/class-wp-network-query.php ” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), http://clearlakefestival.ca/wp-admin/includes/misc.php Augustine P. Mahiga, said in a news release.
According to initial media reports, suicide bombers set off at least two explosions at a popular restaurant in Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least a dozen people, including journalists and police officers. So far, reportedly, no group had claimed responsibility for the blasts.
After decades of warfare, Somalia has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process, with a series of landmark steps over recent weeks helping bring an end to the Horn of Africa nation’s eight-year political transition period. These steps included the adoption of a provisional constitution, the establishment of a new parliament and the selection of a new president.
“This attack coming at a time when the people have resoundingly welcomed a popular process towards attaining more legitimate and representative institutions is an affront to the will of the Somali people and an attack on the return of normalcy to Somalia,” Mr. Mahiga said. “We will not let the hard-won momentum towards stability be affected by such events.”
The African nation is still dealing with the impact of the Al Shabaab militant group, which has been pushed out of the capital, but still controls parts of Somalia, primarily in its south-central regions.
While the efforts of Government forces, supported by troops from the UN-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), have led to Al Shabaab militants withdrawing from open combat in Mogadishu, the use of roadside bombs, grenades and suicide bombers still take place.
In addition to expressing his condolences to the families of those killed and wishing a rapid recovery to the injured, Mr. Mahiga also called on the perpetrators of the attacks to abandon practices that inflict “enormous suffering” on innocent civilians and show no respect for human life.
“UNPOS reiterates its support to the Somali people and is determined to work closely with the new administration in order to support Somalia on its course to peace and stability,” the Special Representative added.
Meanwhile, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) vehemently condemns the barbaric attack that killed three journalists and wounded at least 7 others after three suicide bombers blew themselves up at the cafeteria known for journalists’ gathering on Thursday afternoon.
This brought the total number of journalists killed this year alone to 12.
the Journalists killed in the attack include Liibaan Ali Nor and Abdisatar Dahir Sabriye of Somali National Television and Abdirahman Yasin, Director of local independent Radio station, Radio Hamar, VoD, on the spot.
Whereas, Abdiqadir Ahmed Timoos, Mohamed Husein “Gentleman”, Mohamed Ibrahim “Biibaaye” of radio Mogadishu and SNTV, Abdullahi Mohamed “Suldaan” and Nuure Mohamed Ali of kulmiye radio, Mohamed Bishaar of Mustaqbal Radio and Abdikarin Gutale of S24 Television were wounded among them severely, according to witnesses accounts.
The attack, took place at the Village restaurant better known as “Hooyooyinka” across from the National Theatre, where journalists and media workers regularly meet.
Witnesses said that the attackers refused any chance of escape by first blowing up in the middle of the restaurant and when people fled for survival, another suicide attacker blew himself up at the only entrance of the restaurant by killing those who survived the first suicide attacker followed by another one outside the restaurant