UN says staff hurt in Mogadishu mortar attack

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The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, has condemned in the strongest possible terms Tuesday indirect fire attack on the main United Nations compound in the Somali capital.

Seven mortars landed inside the compound Tuesday afternoon, injuring two UN staff members and one contractor.

None of the injuries is life-threatening.

Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Today’s indirect fire attack on the main UN compound in Mogadishu may amount to a violation of international humanitarian law, and I deplore this unwarranted act of aggression against our personnel,” said Mr. Haysom.

“No political agenda can be served through violence that deliberately targets staff members of international organizations who are supporting the consolidation of peace and the strengthening of governing institutions in Somalia. I wish our wounded colleagues a full recovery from their injuries.”

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