Mogadishu bombing kills Somali broadcaster

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(CNN) — The United Nations condemned a suicide bombing in Somalia’s capital that killed a number of people, including three journalists from state-run broadcasting services, as a “cowardly attack.”

The U.N. special representative to Somalia made the comments following the attack Thursday that saw a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a packed teahouse near Mogadishu’s presidential palace.

“I strongly condemn this cowardly and senseless attack. These acts of terrorism cannot reverse the recent achievements that Somalia has witnessed,” Augustine P. Mahiga said in a statement released Thursday. “Such incidents can only reinforce the determination of the Somali people to reject violence and engage in peaceful resolution of conflict.”

State-run Radio Mogadishu reported identified two of the dead as Liban Ali Nur, news director and anchor for Somalia’s national television network, and Abdisatar Dahir Sabrieye, an anchor and producer who recently returned to war-torn Somalia after exile in neighboring Kenya.