Somalia: UN deplores deadly attack against Puntland forces

New York, Dec 6 : The top United Nations envoy in Somalia has strongly condemned a violent and "cowardly" attack on Puntland government forces Thursday that reportedly killed several people and injured dozens of others.

According to a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), a suicide car bomber targeted the forces from the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in the port city of Bosasso at approximately 11 a.m.

"Such cowardly acts will serve no purpose," the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of UNSOM, Nicholas Kay, said. "We stand by the people of Puntland as they strive for stability and prosperity."

Kay, who paid a three-day visit to Puntland last month, expressed his sincere condolences to those who lost loved ones and wished all those injured in the attack a quick recovery.

Puntland is in the midst of an electoral process that should lead to a new parliament this year and presidential elections in January 2014.

--IBNS (Posted on 06-12-2013)

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