The UN humanitarian agency on Friday condemned the killing of seven health personnel and a civilian in Gololey village in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region by unknown gunmen.
Adam Abdelmoula, resident and humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, expressed shock at the killing. The eight Somali civilians were abducted on Wednesday from an non-governmental organization-run health clinic before their brutal killing, he said.
“Preliminary information indicates that they suffered brutal deaths,” Abdelmoula said in a statement issued in Mogadishu. The UN humanitarian official extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.
Attacks against medical facilities and personnel are unacceptable and a breach of international humanitarian law and any common decency, he said. “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,” Abdelmoula said. No arrest has been made in connection to the killings.