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Hollande condemns 'cowardly attack' on UN workers

President Francois Hollande has condemned an attack on a French and British UN worker in Somalia. The two men, who were working for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, were shot dead at Galkayo Airport in north central Somalia.

France's President Francois Hollande Credit: ABACA/Press Association Images

In a statement, Mr Hollande said: "The French President condemns the cowardly murder of a Frenchman and a Briton on a UN mission in Somalia. They were acting for peace on behalf of the international community.

"France pays tribute to the work and courage of UN members all over the world. It stands alongside the Somali authorities in the fight against terrorism.

"François Hollande extends his condolences to our compatriot’s family and the British authorities."

Read: British UN worker shot dead in Somalia

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UN condemns 'callous attack' on Somalia consultants

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia has condemned the murder of two UN consultants in Somalia. Nicholas Kay said in a statement:

Our UN colleagues were working in support of the Somali people’s 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.

– Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General

Read: Foreign Office: British UN worker killed in Somalia

Foreign Office: British UN worker killed in Somalia

A British man is one of two UN workers who have been shot dead in Somalia, the Foreign Office confirmed.

A spokesman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national on April 7. We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

Two men working for the UN killed at Galkayo Airport, Puntland, Somalia. Credit: Google Maps

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US Somali strike targeted 'militant with ties to al Qaeda'

The strike took place in southern Somalia.
The strike took place in southern Somalia. Credit: Google Maps

The US military carried out a missile strike in Somalia targeting a suspected militant leader with ties to al Qaeda and al Shabaab, a US military official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The strike took place in southern Somalia, the official said, without offering further information, including the identity of the suspect or whether the strike was believed to have been successful.

Three explosions at Somali hotel

Three bombs exploded in quick succession outside the front of the Jazira hotel near the Somali capital's international airport police and local residents said.

"First we heard a big crash and the security forces immediately opened fire," said Abdullahi Hussein who lives 300 metres behind the hotel. "After a few minutes another explosion took place and there was more gunfire."

Kenyan warplanes bomb al Qaeda targets in Somalia

Kenyan warplanes have bombed targets held by al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Somalia in retaliation for an attack on a Nairobi mall last month that killed at least 67 people.

The Kenya Defence Forces said they destroyed a training camp used by al Shabaab, the Islamist group which claimed responsibility for the Westgate Mall attack. A Kenyan drone strike killed two leading members of al Shabaab on Monday.

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