Somalia urged to take firm action against hotel attack masterminds

NEW YORK, US – The United Nations Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms on Friday’s deadly siege of a hotel in the port town of Kismayo, a town lies some 500km south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The attack claimed by al Shabaab has killed at least 33 people, while over 50 others injured, some seriously, who were airlifted to hospitals in Mogadishu, a day after the attack.

The Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to Somalia and the families who lost their loved ones in the attack.

The members wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

The UN’s Council also reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist attacks.

The members of the Security Council paid tribute to all Somali and international actors working to bring peace and stability in Somalia. The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to support peace, stability and development in Somalia. They underlined that neither this nor any other terrorist attack would weaken that determination.

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: