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2 foreign nationals shot dead in Somalia

07 April 2014, 16:35

Mogadishu - Two foreign nationals were shot dead on Monday at an airport in Galkayo, central Somalia, officials and witnesses said.

"Two white men have been shot inside the airport as they got off a plane," local security official Mohamed Mire said. An airport official said the attacker was dressed in a police uniform.

"One of them died inside the airport and the other one was rushed to hospital where he later died of the injuries. Both of them were white men," said a witness Hassan Ahmed.

The United Nations sources in the region confirmed the shooting but declined to confirm reports that the two men were UN staff members.

"The shooting occurred in the airport. We have no details that two international staff are involved," a local UN official said on condition of anonymity.

Galkayo is situated 575km north of the capital Mogadishu and lies on the border with the northern breakaway state of Puntland.



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