UN condemns abduction and killing of medical officers in Bal’ad district

United Nations (UN) has condemned the murder of seven health care workers and civilian on the outskirts of Somalia’s capital on Thursday.

The bodies of the victims who were kidnapped on Wednesday from Bal’ad town just 30km away from Mogadishu were found in Gololay village in Middle Shabelle region.

In statement, the deputy Special Representative of UN secretary-general, Adam Abdelmoula has termed the abduction and murder of the victims as shock.

“I am shocked to hear seven health personnel and a civilian were abducted from an NGO-run clinic located in Gololay village in Bal’ad district, in Middle Shabelle region on 27 May,” the statement reads in part. “All eight were killed subsequently killed. Preliminary information indicates that they suffered brutal deaths.”

The envoy said the attack against medical facilies and personnel are unacceptable and a breach of international humanitarian law common decency.

“It is unbelievable that this attack comes at a time when Somalia is grappling to contain a triple threat of a pandemic, flooding and the resurgence of desert locusts,” the official said.

The official has called for immediate investigation into the murder of victims.

“I strongly condemn this outrage and wait a thorough and transparent investigation,” he said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility.

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