U.N. envoy condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu

The top U.N. envoy in Somalia strongly condemned a deadly terrorist attack in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the U.N. announced on Saturday.

According to media reports, a suicide bomber and a vehicle filled with explosives detonated at the site of a restaurant frequented with government workers and journalists. This was not the first time the restaurant was a target for terrorism. Approximately 15 people were killed in the attack.

"I am appalled by this act of savagery and condemn it in the strongest terms," Nicholas Kay, the secretary-general's special representative for Somalia, said. "I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the injured."

Kay said the cowardly and cruel acts of terrorism highlight the need for peace in Somalia.

"Terrorism is a threat to Somalis, the people of the region and the world. It needs to be defeated militarily and politically," Kay said.

Kay said the U.N. Assistance Mission in Somalia is prepared to help efforts to fight terrorism and it stands by the Somalian people.

UNSOM started operations in August. The mission is meant to support Somalia as it attempt to improve upon gains achieved last year and come out of more than two decades of fighting.