22 November 2014 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the brutal killing of 28 people on a bus in Mandera, Kenya in the latest spate of terrorist violence to afflict the East African nation.
In a statement issued today by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban conveyed his “profound condolences” to the families of the victims while pledging the UN’s “continuing support” to Kenya and the countries of the region “in their multidimensional efforts to address the scourge of terrorism.”
According to media reports, militants claiming to belong to the Al-Shabaab extremist group hijacked the commuter bus travelling to Nairobi, the country’s capital, in the early morning hours of 22 November, executing at least 28 of the passengers.
Al-Shabaab’s operations have sown terror across Somalia and Kenya in recent years with coordinated attacks against hotels, shopping centres, and other civilians areas.
Mr. Ban expressed his solidarity with the people and the Government of Kenya and voiced the hope that those responsible for today’s attack would be brought to justice “swiftly.”
Source: UN News Centre – Africa
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