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Gunmen Kill UN Security Officer in Somalia

The United Nations has condemned the killing of a U.N. security officer in southern Somalia.

Mohamuud Musse Gurage, a Somali national, was shot by two unidentified gunmen Monday night in the port town of Kismayo in Somalia's Lower Juba region.

The United Nations says it has evacuated its staffers from the area.

Foreigners and Somali nationals with international ties have been targeted by assassins in Somalia, which has been ruled by warring factions since the collapse of the government in 1991.

A fragile transitional administration is now in place following peace talks in Kenya but security concerns continue.

In July, prominent Somali peace activist Abdulkadir Yahya Ali was gunned down in the capital, Mogadishu.

And a journalist with the British Broadcasting Corporation was murdered outside her hotel in the capital in February.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.