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Gunmen Kill Senior UN Official in Somalia


Gunmen in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, have killed the head of the U.N. Development Program for Somalia.

Osman Ali Ahmed was shot dead Sunday as he left a Mogadishu mosque. Witnesses say another man also was wounded in the attack. No one has claimed responsibility.

Attacks on aid workers and other officials are common in Somalia, where Islamist insurgents are fighting the Ethiopian-backed interim government. On Saturday, a land mine killed a Mogadishu city official and at least three security guards.

Somalia has not had a fully functioning central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and turned on each other.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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