UN worker shot dead in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU – A United Nation’s World Health Origination worker and two others have been shot and killed in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

The victim, whose name has been released as Maryan Abdullahi was gunned down by unknown men armed with pistols at the biggest market in Mogadishu, a witness said.

Maryan has been working for UN’s World Health Origination office based in Baidoa, a town about 245 km (150 miles) northwest of Mogadishu, relatives said.

The family of Maryan Abdullahi said that she has been receiving threatening phone calls recently, but died before she explained who was making these threats.

The victim who got engaged just last week was buried earleir today in Mogadishu.

Two others – a woman and a soldier were also shot dead by unidentified gunmen at busy junction in the capital, according to a witness, who asked to be anonymous.

The killers reportedly fled from the crime scene, shortly after carrying the assassinations.

Somali security forces reached at the spot and launched an operation over the killing.

No arrests were made over the assassinations in Somali capital Mogadishu.

Somali-based group Al Shabaab claimed to have been behind the killing of World Health Origination worker, saying it would rump up targeting UN staff members in Mogadishu.

The group has been carrying assassinations and suicide bomb attacks in against areas in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, leaving dozens dead.

With Reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia