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UNHCR staff member killed in Mogadishu

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Dec 14th, 2015
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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres with Deputy Foreign Minister of Somalia Ahmed Ali Mohamed (Kadiye) at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres with Deputy Foreign Minister of Somalia Ahmed Ali Mohamed (Kadiye) at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, Somalia ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said Monday that one of its staff members, Amina Noor Mohamed, was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Somalia’s capital city. Mohamed, who had been working as a senior community services assistant with the agency in Mogadishu since 2011, was attacked while traveling in a car driven by a staff member from a UNHCR partner organization, who was also killed.

Gunmen arrived in a vehicle outside Hotel Maka al-Mukaram, shot at the car carrying the U.N. official, then drove away. The attackers were still at large, authorities said.

Conflicting reports from local journalists appeared on social media Monday, some saying two U.N. officials were killed, and others saying one of the victims worked at Action Africa Help International (AAH-I), a nonprofit organization based in Nairobi, Kenya.

“While the details of this senseless act of violence are still being investigated, it serves as another stark reminder of the dangers many humanitarian workers face in their daily work. On behalf of all UNHCR staff, I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences and solidarity to Amina’s family, friends and to our entire team in Somalia,” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in the statement .

A minute of silence will be held in her memory at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva at 11 a.m. local time Tuesday.

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