New York, 4 October 2022 (TDI): The Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, condemned the attacks in Beledweyne, Somalia, perpetrated by Al-Shabaab on 3 October.

António Guterres extended his deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved as well as the Government and people of the country. He also wished a swift recovery to the injured.

The Secretary-General reaffirmed the commitment of the UN to work with regional and other international actors in supporting the people and Government of Somalia on their path toward a peaceful country.

Attacks in Somalia

On October 3, two of the three car explosions took place at around 10:30 a.m. local time, followed by a third car bomb in the afternoon.

According to a source in Beledweyne, the first two vehicles targeted the Lama-Galaay military base, which also serves as the local government headquarters in the eastern district and hosts the offices of the deputy leader of Hirshabelle state and the governor of the Hiran region.

The Deputy Governor of the Hiran region, Abukar Sheikh Madey, and the region’s Health Minister, Zakariye Mohamed Ahmed, were among those killed in the morning explosions.

The Somalia-based armed group, Al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for explosions in Beledweyne, about 300 kilometers north of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu

Reason behind explosions

A senior Al-Shabab official was killed in an operation in the Haramka area in the Middle Juba region on October 1, in response to which, three car explosions were carried out by al-Shabab in Beledweyne.

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The Ministry of Information of Somalia said in a statement that Al-Shabab co-founder, Abdullahi Nadir, was killed in an operation by the national forces in collaboration with international partner forces.

UN in Somalia

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) was established by UN Security Council Resolution 2102 on 3 June 2013.