A Ugandan national, Brenda Kyeyune, is among the six United Nations officials who were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the UN compound in Garowe, Somalia on Monday evening.
Kyeyune and five others met their death after the suicide bomber blew up himself outside the UN compound.
Others named are; Stephen Oduor, who had been undertaking vital administrative work for UNICEF Somalia since 2010, Woki Munyui, who had been supporting UNICEF’s education work in Somalia since 2007 and Payenda Gul Abed, who had been coordinating UNICEF’s polio immunization efforts in Garowe since May 2014.
The attack, which has been claimed by Al-shabab is the fourth in a series of attacks by the militants in selected areas within Somali capitals in the past two weeks.
A statement released by the UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake describes the attack as ‘horrific’ and an assault on both the humanitarian organization and the children they serve in Somalia.
“The horrific attack on our UNICEF colleagues in northern Somalia is an assault not only on them but on the people they served. Our immediate thoughts are with the families of the four staff members who were killed and with those who were injured. All of us at UNICEF are deeply
saddened and deeply angered,” reads the statement.
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Maman Sidikou has condemned the gruesome attack resulting in the loss of innocent humanitarian workers for which the terrorist group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility.
Ambassador Sidikou said that Al-Shabaab is targeting the lives of unarmed humanitarian workers performing their duty of helping the people of Somalia and that such an attack amounted to a crime against humanity.
The AU Special Representative said the African Union and the international community at large will not be deterred by Al-Shabaab’s desperate attempts to derail progress made on both the political and security fronts in Somalia.
He also condoled with the families, relations and friends of those who lost their lives and prays for quick recovery of those injured.
The attack also comes just a week after another attack on the UPDF controlled sector one in Mogadishu at the ministry of Education headquarters in Mogadishu.
Al-shabaab have intensified attacks in the East African region and Somalia.