Three killed in blast, two aid workers shot dead in Somali capital

Three people were killed and over a dozen wounded when an explosives-laden vehicle was detonated in Kahda district of the capital Mogadishu.

The car explosion happened after officials, including Kahda district commissioner and security officials visited a scene where two Kahda district officials who were carrying out a health awareness campaign were killed by unknown gunmen.

The district commissioner reportedly survived the blast but it killed three people and wounded at least 13 others, including security officers.

No group claimed responsibility but the Al-Qaeda-linked group, Al-Shabaab, is widely believed to have carried out the attacks as they have targeted government officials with assassinations and bomb attacks in the past.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has condemned the attack in which the two humanitarian workers were killed.

“UNICEF is shocked by the attack earlier today in Mogadishu, in which two humanitarian workers tragically lost their lives. These brave polio workers were on the frontlines, risking their lives to provide critical health services to vulnerable children. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” the UN agency said in a statement

“Attacks on health workers are a violation of international law and must not be tolerated. UNICEF condemns the cowardly attack in the strongest terms and calls on the authorities to conduct a comprehensive investigation,” the statement added.