| Updated at: 0217 PST, Tuesday, September 14, 2010|
UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations warned that the Somalia insurgents Shebab are a serious international security threat, as it made a new appeal Monday for the nation's transitional government to end its squabbling.
Somalia will be in the UN spotlight with a debate on the strife-torn African country at the Security Council on Thursday and a top-level ministerial meeting on the conflict at the UN General Assembly summit next week.
In a report to the Security Council, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that "horrific" suicide bomb attacks by followers of the Al-Qaeda inspired militant group in Uganda in July had shown the growing threat from Al-Shebab.
Seventy-six people were killed and Ban said: "The attacks demonstrated that Al-Shebab remains a serious security threat for Somalia, the sub-region and the wider international community."
Twenty years of civil war has brought Somalia virtually to its knees but the rise of Shebab is a growing concern for Western nations, on top of the pirates operating out of Somalia harbours.