The security chief of the UN’s World Food Program in Somalia with headquarters in the city of Beledweyn, the provincial capital of the Hiiraan region, near the border with Ethiopia has been shot and killed by masked men on his way to his office on Tuesday. The killing of the officer identified as Ali Farah Amey comes a day after Hezbal Islam militants administering the region called on all aid agencies and their staff to register with them so that their operations can be checked.
“He came out of a restaurant when one of three masked men armed with pistols shot him in the chest and head and he suddenly perished on the spot” a witness Mohamed Shire told Newstime Africa by telephone. After the killing of the UN food program security officer, hundreds of people mainly women and children demonstrated in the city to show their anger over the killing.
No group claimed responsibility for the brutal killing, as Hezbal Islam’s authorities in the region have not yet commented. Many UN and other International relief organizations were banned from operating in Somalia where the United Nations is saying that more than 3.5 million Somalis, about half of the nation’s population need emergency food assistance.
The banned agencies include the UN Mine Action, the United Nations Development Program, the UN Political Office for Somalia, the UN Safety and Security Department, World Food Program, Care international and International Medical Corps, some of which have been operating in Somalia since 1981.
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