Nairobi, Kenya, December 24, 2011 – A Somali town elder says three aid
workers have been killed in central Somalia.
Mataban town elder Mohamud Sheik Abdi says the three Somalis were shot
and killed Friday morning as they returned from a camp for displaced
A Nairobi-based security official says two of the aid workers were
working for the U.N.'s World Food Program and one worked for a local aid
agency. The official was not authorized to be quoted by name.
A WFP spokeswoman said she could not immediately comment.
The Islamist fighters who rule much of the country's southern and
central regions last month barred 16 aid groups from operating in areas
under their control. The militants accused aid groups of espionage or
Somalia hasn't had a fully functioning government since 1991.