Somali Security Guard Shoots Dead Two Foreigners Working for UN

A security guard working for the government of Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland shot dead two men working as consultants for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, officials said.

The men were killed shortly after arriving at Galkayo Airport, about 580 kilometers (360 miles) northeast of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, from neighboring Kenya, Nur Gelle, a police official at the airport, said in a phone interview today. One of the men was killed instantly, while the other died after being rushed to the hospital, he said.

Both men were carrying British passports, Ahmed Musse, governor of the Mugug region where the attack took place, said in a phone interview. The two men had been scheduled to have a meeting with Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, he said.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime is responsible for transferring convicted Somali pirates from neighboring countries back to Somalia, as well as the reconstruction of prison facilities for pirates in Puntland and neighboring Somaliland. Somali piracy cost the global economy about $6 billion in 2012, according to Oceans Beyond Piracy, a projects of the Broomfield, Colorado-based One Earth Future Foundation.

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