Ban deplores deadly attacks on civilians in Kenya

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned “in the strongest terms” the recent attacks in Mpeketoni, Kenya, which reportedly killed at least 48 people and wounded many more.

“The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the deceased and the Government of Kenya and wishes the wounded a swift recovery,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban s spokesperson.

The Somali insurgent group known as Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks, which targeted hotels and a police station and lasted several hours, according to media reports.

“The Secretary-General reiterates the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Government of Kenya in their struggle against terrorism,” said yesterday s statement.

“He trusts the authorities will do all in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice in a manner that is fully respectful of Kenya s human rights obligations.”