UN staffer shot dead in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – A United Nations staff member has been shot and killed by suspected al Shabaab gunmen last night in Galkacyo town of central Somalia.
The deceased man, whose name has been released as Mohamed Abdi Khaire was shot dead by men armed with pistols after he left a mosque in the town, a witness said.
Khaire was working for the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).
The killers escaped, shortly after carrying out the assassination.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing.
But, such assassinations are often carried out by Al Shabaab.
Somalia’s militant group Al Shabaab remains relatively undiminished, despite a 12-year UN-backed campaign against group’s militants.
The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab killed dozens, mostly civilians in similar deadly suicide attacks on hotels, popular eateries and other public gatherings in the capital of Mogadishu.
The rebel group was pushed out of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in 2011 after a joint offensive carried out by Somalia and African Union troops.
The militants continue to hold small rural areas in central and southern Somalia.
The group wants to overthrow the weak UN-backed government in Somalia and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.
It has lost control of many towns and cities to a 22,000-strong African Union force supporting the government of Somalia.