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British, Canadian UN Consultants Killed in Somalia



Two Europeans working for the United Nations have been shot dead in Somalia's Puntland region.

Multiple sources identify the men as Simon Davies, a British citizen and former Scotland Yard officer, and Clement Gorrissen. France says Gorrissen was a French citizen, while other sources identify him as Canadian.

In an interview with VOA , Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali says a mentally ill security guard shot the two men Monday as they arrived at an airport in the city of Galkayo.

The president says the shooter was immediately arrested by police, and an investigation is under way.

The U.N. mission in Somalia says both shooting victims were working for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

President Ali says they had come to Puntland to help with construction of a prison.



Last week, a new 500-bed prison built with the help of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime opened in Puntland's capital, Garowe.

In a statement, U.N. representative to Somalia Nicholas Kay condemned the murders and said the United Nations remains committed to supporting the Somali people as they emerge from decades of conflict.

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