Another aid worker killed in Somalia

A family lives in a tent in Somalia. A local aid worker working has been killed by a rocket propelled grenade in the country. Photo by: FMSC / CC BY

A “rocket propelled grenade” killed a local aid worker in Somalia on Thursday (Jan. 12). This brings the number of aid worker deaths in the country to six, all in less than a month.

The aid worker was identified as Abdikarin Hashi Kediye. He works with the Towfiq Development Organization, a local nongovernmental organization said to be a partner of the U.N. World Food Program. His driver, who also died in the incident, has not been named.

This is the third violent attack on aid workers in Somalia in recent weeks. In December, five aid workers — two from WFP, two from Médecins Sans Frontières and one from local NGO Doyale — were also shot and killed while on duty.

The incident is now under investigation, but the area where it happened is reportedly controlled by the Ahlu Sunna wal Jamaa, a militant group composed of moderate Sufis in Somalia opposed to the al-Shabab.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.