NewsBlaze search box Daily News header

Two UN Workers Shot Dead in Somalia

By     get stories by email

Gunman Dressed In Police Uniform Kills Two UN Workers

An unidentified gunman shot and killed a British and a French man working for the United Nations at Galkayo airport in north central Somalia.

According to media reports, the two UN workers were attacked by a man dressed in a police uniform while they sat in their car at the airport.

The pair worked as consultants for the UN anti-drugs agency.

The world's body has spent billions of dollars in Somalia since the outbreak of civil war in 1991. However, the rise of Islamist group al Shabaab has hampered the quest for stability in the war-torn country.

President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department (September 2013). Photo: Wikimedia Commons

UN and US condemn the killing

The U.N. Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, expressed condemnation of the attack saying it was a "callous" killing. Amid the pressing challenges, the organization remained committed to continuing its vital support to the Somali people as they emerge from decades of conflict.

Jen Psaki, US State Department Spokesperson, said the United States strongly condemns the killing of the two employees of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Puntland, Somalia.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed in the attack. - Ms. Psaki

She urged the Somali authorities to fully investigate the crime and to bring the perpetrators to justice without delay.

Al Shabaab Brings Terror In Somalia

Records of terrorism have hunted the African country for many decades.

Last year, Al Shabaab gunmen in the capital Mogadishu used a car bomb to blow a hole in the U.N. compound's wall. Twenty people, including U.N. staff, were killed in the incident.

In another incident, al Shabaab attacked a U.N. convoy with a remote-controlled bomb earlier this year. The attack killed at least seven Somalis.

Fighting between Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and Al-Shabaab militants had already uprooted tens of thousands of people in Mogadishu before the current humanitarian crisis began. Ongoing insecurity and drought, as well as famine in parts of southern Somalia, have caused a massive influx of starving adults and children into the city in the past two months.

Al-Shabaab militants are infamous for deliberately blocking the delivery of food assistance in an area of south central Somalia which is under direct or indirect control of al-Shabaab.

The Al-Shabaab militant group has been compared with the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan because of its opinions and beliefs.

Mina Fabulous follows the news, especially what is going on in the US State Department. Mina turns State Department waffle into plain english. Read more stories by Mina Fabulous. Contact Mina through NewsBlaze.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Top Stories News

However, Secretary Kerry said with assurance that the US government has every single effort being made by Homeland Security, by the FBI, by Interpol, by intelligence communities exchanging information, and people are working hard at this. And so far
A new classic ballet, with purpose, has been born. The Holly Claus Ballet of Dreams at the Walla Wall Dance Center, by author Brittney Ryan.
The US supplement industry is worth $15 billion. But that figure did not stop federal officials from swooping in to arrest six executives of a Texas supplement manufacturer.
Many truck fleets do almost exclusively one-way transportation, many miles with an empty vehicle means they are a cost, not a profit.
In the aftermath of the attack, Tunisia's president Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency throughout the country and a curfew in the capital.
Iran, intent on destabilizing the Kingdom of Bahrain, increased in anti-Bahrain activities since the 2011 troubles, have taken it nowhere.


NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month

Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

Copyright © 2004-2015 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site