Head of UN in Somalia Strongly Condemns Murder of UN National Staff Security Officer in Galkayo


June 01, 2019


FILE – Mr. Raisedon Zenenga, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Somalia addresses journalists after meeting Mr. Mohamed Hassan Fiqi, the Acting President of the South West Administration of Somalia. DSRSG Zenenga was in Baidoa on August 08, 2017, to assess progress of works to set up the new UK-funded headquarters of the Somali National Army 60th Division and a military training facility. UN PHOTO




MOGADISHU – The Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, Raisedon Zenenga, condemned in the strongest possible terms the murder of the UN local security assistant Mohamed Abdi Khayre as he was leaving a mosque in the city of Galkayo yesterday evening.

No individual or group has thus so far claimed responsibility for the killing of Mr. Khayre, who was rushed to a local hospital but later died of his wounds.

“We mourn the passing of Mr. Khayre, who served with distinction in the UN Department of Safety and Security during his tenure with the organization,” said Mr. Zenenga. “We urge the authorities to spare no effort in tracking down the gunmen responsible for this heinous murder of a courageous colleague who put himself in harm’s way to protect UN personnel based in the city of Galkayo. The entire UN family in Somalia extends their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Khayre.”

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