UNSOM comments on terrorist attack in Mogadishu

A United Nations envoy in Somalia made a statement on Saturday condemning a suicide attack made against a Turkish office housing staff in Mogadishu that resulted in deaths and injuries.

"My deep sympathy and sincere condolences go to the Turkish government, the victims and those who have lost their loved ones," Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay said. "Turkey has been working tirelessly and bravely to help the Somali people over the last few years."

Kay leads the U.N. Assistance Mission in Somalia. He said this was not an isolated attack, but one of a few Al Shabaab initiated during the sacred month of Ramadan.

"I condemn all acts of terrorism," Kay said. "[UNSOM and its partners worldwide] stand firm in our efforts to help the Somali people to enjoy the peace and development they so desperately want and need."

UNSOM began in June with the vision of supporting Somalia in its mission to gain ground as an independent and peaceful nation after two decades of crisis.