By Alex Kinyua
At least nine United Nations workers were killed on Monday morning, after a bomb was detonated in the vehicle they were traveling in. The early morning explosion in the North Eastern town of Garowe, comes barely hours after another ambush on African Union workers on Sunday left three dead.
Confirming the incident, Garowe police official Abdullahi Mohamed reported that among the dead were two foreigners and six UN officials. A number of bystanders were also injured as a result of the blast.
“We have confirmed the death of six UN staff, including a foreign national,” said Mohamed. “The bomb is believed to have been attached to the minibus and was detonated near the UN office”, he added.
However, the UN compound in Somalia was not affected in the attack.
Although there was no claim for responsibility, it is believed that the explosion could be from the insurgent Al-Shabaab, who attack both government officials and international aid providers.
Garowe, in the north eastern region of Somalia, is capital of the semi-autonomous Puntland region.
The Al-Shabaab militia has carried out a series of attacks on key sites in the country aiming to counter the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, who have taken over most of the towns that were formerly controlled by the Al-Qaeda affiliated group.