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Security Council 'outraged' by attack on Somali parliamentPublish Date: May 25, 2014
Security Council 'outraged' by attack on Somali parliament
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Somali security forces take position on May 24, 2014 in Mogadishu after Somalias Shebab rebels launched a major attack on the national parliament, setting off a car bomb and penetrating the building with suicide commandos. PHOTO/AFP
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UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council expressed "outrage" after Shebab rebels launched an attack on the Somali parliament that left at least 10 people dead on Saturday.

Security sources in the country said the "complex attack" involving bombs and gunmen with suicide vests was finally brought to an end after more than four hours by Somali security forces and African Union troops.

The 15 Security Council members said they were "outraged that al-Shebab has attacked the federal parliament, an institution which represents the Somali people and their legitimate hopes for peace, prosperity and stability."

The deadly assault and "other senseless acts of terrorism would not diminish" their support for the African Union's AMISOM mission and other actors supporting peace in Somalia, they said.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon also condemned the attack, expressing "solidarity and support" for lawmakers.

"There can be no justification for such attacks," he said.

No overall death toll was immediately given but a police official and government source said 10 people, including several attackers, were confirmed dead.

Local media reports said as many as 20 people may have been killed, including eight attackers.

A spokesman for the Shebab confirmed the group was responsible.

AFP


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