UNDP appalled by cowardly attack on UN compound in Mogadishu

Jun 19, 2013

UN staff at a town hall meeting in Mogadishu on 19 June 2013 observe a minute's silence in respect for fallen colleagues in today's attack

New York  – UNDP Administrator Helen Clark has strongly condemned the attack today on the UN Common Compound in Mogadishu, Somalia, where UNDP personnel were among the casualties.

“We are all appalled and deeply saddened by this cowardly attack,” Helen Clark said.

Among the UN fatalities it has so far been confirmed that one international staff member, three contractors and four Somali security guards have been killed. An unconfirmed number of Somali civilians have also been killed in this appalling attack.

“We grieve with the Somali people, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the entire UN family today,“ said Helen Clark as she extended her condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives and saluted the many dedicated humanitarian and development workers who continue to work with the people of Somalia.

“Terrorist attacks of this nature will not deter UNDP nor weaken our resolve to stand by the people and authorities of Somalia on their path to sustainable peace and development in their country,” Helen Clark said.

UNDP remains in close contact with UN Country Team colleagues in Mogadishu to ensure that they continue to be supported in every way possible.


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