KISMAYO, Somalia, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Somalia has condemned an attempt to kill regional leader Ahmad Muhammad Islam Madobe.
The attack took place in Kismayo Thursday when a car carrying explosives hit Madobe's vehicle. Madobe, leader of the interim Jubba regional administration, was not seriously injured, the United Nations said in a release, but his bodyguards and innocent civilians were killed.
"Ahmad Madobe is a key partner in the search for peace and reconciliation in Somalia. It is reprehensible that he would become a target for extremist violence at a time when he is playing a key role in state building and peace building," U.N. mission head Nicholas Kay said in the statement.
Kay, who was in New York to give the U.N. Security Council an update on the situation in Somalia, also expressed his condolences to those who lost their lives in the attack.