Somalia: Bomb Blast At U.N. Mine Service

There was a powerful explosion Saturday at the offices of the United Nations Mine Action Service, UNMAS, in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu that claimed at least one person.

Report says the explosion, which happened inside the compound of the U.N. service destroyed a car in the service’s parking lot, killing at least one person in the vehicle. The compound’s wall was also affected.

The UNMAS is responsible for ensuring an effective, proactive and coordinated United Nations response to landmines and explosive remnants of war through collaboration with 13 other UN departments, agencies, funds and program. It establishes and manages mine action coordination centers in mine-affected countries, plans and manages operations, mobilizes resources and sets mine-action priorities in the countries and territories it serves.

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