British man among two UN workers shot dead while on anti-piracy mission to Somalia - Africa - World

The UK Foreign Office (FCO) confirmed that one of the men was British and that the shooting had taken place today, but have not disclosed any further details about his identity or that of the other worker.

A spokesperson said the FCO stands ready to provide consular assistance to the family.

Aleem Siddique, a spokesperson for the UN's mission in Somalia, confirmed that the two men were international consultants working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The UN said they were shot by unknown gunmen at Galkayo Airport, Puntland, Somalia on Monday. Airport officials reportedly said that an attacker was dressed in a police uniform, and there were conflicting reports as to whether the men were about to board or had just disembarked from a plane.

Security at the airport was reportedly particularly tight at the time as officials braced for the arrival of the president of Puntland, a semi-autonomous region, the Telegraph reported.

Galkayo is located in central Somalia, not far from some of the country's most formidable pirate strongholds.

Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, condemned what he described as the brutal murders.

He said: Our UN colleagues were working in support of the Somali peoples aspiration for a peaceful and stable future. There can be no justification for such a callous attack.

I call on the authorities to conduct a full investigation immediately and bring the perpetrators to justice without delay.

I offer ....

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