Saturday, December 24, 2011

3 humanitarian workers killed in Somalia

Two U.N. World Food Programme workers and a third colleague from a local agency were shot to death in Somalia Friday, the organization said.

The trio was attacked in Mataban town in Hiban Province in central Somalia, United Nations spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

The World Food Program said its two slain employees were Muhyedin Yarrow and Mohamed Salad. The third victim, Abdulahi Ali, worked for Doyale, one of agency's partners.

The incident illustrates the risks that humanitarian workers can face working in dangerous and difficult environments, Nesirky said.

The aid workers were part of a mission in the area that was monitoring food distribution and camps for internally displaced people.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called "on authorities to ensure the safety of humanitarian workers," a spokesperson said. "He expects those responsible to be swiftly brought to justice."

The alleged shooter reportedly gave himself up and was arrested, the agency said. Read More