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Two international aid workers killed in Mogadishu

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Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Two international aid workers working to provide emergency medical relief in the Somalia capital of Mogadishu have been killed in a shooting at a Medecins Sans Frontieres compound, the agency said in a statement.

Officials say the shooting occurred Thursday at the offices of the aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF). One person was killed on the spot and the other died later in the hospital.

MSF identified the victims as 53-year-old Phillipe Havet of Belgium, who was described as an experienced emergency coordinator who had worked with the agency since 2000 in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and South Africa.

Also killed was Andrias Karel Keiluhu, a 44-year-old doctor who had worked with MSF since 1998 in his native Indonesia as well as Ethiopia, Thailand and Somalia, the aid agency said.

The two men were in Mogadishu working with a MSF team to provide emergency medical aid to those displaced by famine and violence that have ravaged Somalia.

Some eyewitnesses said the gunman was a former Somali employee who had been dismissed from his job Wednesday.

“The gunman was fired from his job yesterday; he came to the compound today and managed to sneak through the patients, and kill the doctors. We were all scared when we heard the sound of the gunshots.”

Police say the gunman was taken into custody.

In the last such attack on international aid workers in Somalia, three somali aid workers were killed in the central Hiran region. In mid-October, two Spaniards working for MSF were seized by gunmen in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp, about 100km from the Somali border.

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