“We are condemning strongly this attack [perpetrated] against our elements bringing peace and security to Somalia,” he said. “This attack will not affect the determination of the African Union to do all the necessary efforts to bring back peace in Somalia.”
A further statement issued later called the attack testimony to the threat posed by criminal and terrorist elements and their backers, both within and outside Somalia.
Witnesses say the explosives were apparently concealed in two trucks bearing United Nations markings that were allowed into the peacekeepers’ compound at the Mogadishu airport.
The hardline Islamist al-Shabab rebel group claimed responsibility. A rebel spokesman said the attack was in retaliation for a US military operation that killed an al-Qaida linked terror suspect Monday in southern Somalia.
US officials say the suspect had been wanted by the FBI for the 2002 terrorist bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in the Kenyan port of Mombasa.
Pic: The late Burudian General Juvenal Niyoyunguza