UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- A top United Nations envoy for Somalia strongly condemned Tuesday's suicide attack on a hotel in Mogadishu killing at least 32 people, a UN spokesman said here on Tuesday.
"These callous, brutal acts, which were clearly aimed at causing maximum bloodshed to innocent people, defy rational comprehension," Martin Nesirky, the UN spokesman, told reporters here, quoting UN Special Representative for Somalia Augustine P. Mahiga as saying.
"They will not, however, succeed in their violent campaign," Mahiga noted. "The peace process will continue in Somalia despite the attempts by a violent minority to disrupt it."
Mahiga condoled the people that lost family members and the government of Somalia.
The attack came during the fasting month of Ramadan, which according to the Mahiga "will only serve to increase the determinations of all friends of Somalia to help bring a quick end to the conflict and to provide Somalis with hope for the future."
The attack involved Somali insurgents dressed as police officers, who stormed the hotel and opened fire, and later blew themselves up.
Reports from Mogadishu said that Somali insurgent group al- Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack through its spokesman, Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage.
Al-Shabab, along with a number of other anti-government groups, controls much of southern and central part of Somalia, as well as most of Mogadishu.