UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Egypt

The United Nations Security Council has condemned ‘in its strongest terms’ the terrorist attack which killed more dozens of people in Egypt on Friday, and stressed on the urgent need to bring the perpetrators and sponsors of such ‘reprehensible acts’ to justice.

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According to media reports, the attack in El Wahat desert was aimed at police officers. A total of 50 victims were recorded – some died and many suffered varying degrees of injury.

“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” reaffirmed the Security Council members in a press statement issued today.

“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” they reiterated.

The official statement also highlighted a pressing need for all UN Member States to combat by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter as well as 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 acts.

Barely a week ago, Somalia’s capital city Mogadishu suffered a terrorist attack. The country’s information minister confirmed that over 60 persons are still missing from the onslaught. The death toll currently stands at 358, Abdirahman Osman said.

Reports confirmed that a truck exploded at a busy junction very close to buildings used as hotels, government offices and restaurants, but it was unclear if the location was their intended target or if the driver detonated the explosives because soldiers were said to be on their trails. It blew up next to an oil tanker, which intensified the blast.

Officials have blamed the Islamist al-Shabab, a terror group which claims allegiance to al-Qaeda, for the recurring attacks against Somalians.

The Security Council members expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt, wishing the injured persons a speedy and full recovery.

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