A truck driver delivering aid for the UN World Food Program (WFP) was gunned down in southern Somalia, the fourth such loss for the agency this year. Ahmed Saalim was part of a convoy of WFP-contracted trucks carrying over 600 metric tons of WFP food from Mogadishu to Bay and Bakool regions. He was shot when fighting broke out on July 7 between convoy escorts and militiamen at a checkpoint near the village of Leego. WFP Country Director Peter Goossens noted that Somalia is becoming increasingly dangerous at the same time as the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is on the rise. (UN News Service)

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