Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned the bomb attacks in Radaa in Yemen’s Al Bayda province yesterday, which killed more than 25 people, including at least 15 schoolchildren.

According to media reports, a school bus carrying the 15 school girls was hit by a car bomb as it passed a checkpoint in the Yemeni province of Al Bayda, south of the country’s capital of Sana’a.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban expressed his sympathies and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous attack.

“There is absolutely no justification for such cowardly terrorist acts that brutally take the lives of innocent civilians, including children,” the statement said, adding that the Secretary-General called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Later in the day, the UN Security Council also strongly condemned the “senseless attack”, and reiterated their condemnation of violations and abuses committed against children by terrorists.

In a statement to the press, Council members expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families and friends “of those killed and injured by these heinous acts”, as well as to the people and the Government of Yemen.

Condemning the growing number of attacks carried out or sponsored by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Yemeni authorities in this regard.

This article was originally published by the UN News Centre