Ban Ki-moon deplores killing of aid workers in Somalia

28 January 2008
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the brutal roadside bombing in Somalia that killed three aid workers and reportedly also claimed the life of a local journalist.

Offering his condolences to the victims’ families, Mr. Ban reminded the country’s Government “of its obligation to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian workers operating in Somalia,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson, and he also called on authorities to mount a thorough investigation of the attack.

The statement noted that Mr. Ban “is also deeply concerned about the security of civilians and aid workers in Somalia and reminds all parties in the country that they have a responsibility under international law to protect them at all times.”

Media reports say the four people were killed after the bomb detonated today near the southern Somali town of Kismayo. The three aid workers who lost their lives served with Médecins Sans Frontières.


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