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UNHCR Statement on the murder of a colleague in Mogadishu, Somalia

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UNHCR Statement on the murder of a colleague in Mogadishu, Somalia

2 August 2016

It is with deep sadness that UNHCR confirms the death of our colleague Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, killed in a bomb attack on Tuesday 26 July, in Mogadishu, Somalia. Ahmed lost his life when one of two vehicle-borne explosive devices was detonated close to Mogadishu International Airport. At least 13 people are now confirmed to have been killed. Other UNHCR colleagues sustained light injuries caused by the blasts.

Ahmed had been working as a Protection Associate with UNHCR in Somalia since April 2012. He is survived by his wife and three children. UNHCR's Somalia Representative and other colleagues are in contact with his family, and are offering support and solidarity at this difficult time.

A minute of silence was observed in Ahmed's memory at UNHCR's Headquarters in Geneva at 15h00 today.

“The tragic loss of Ahmed highlights the risks taken by colleagues working in the world’s most complex and insecure field locations to bring life-saving protection and support to those in need, and their deep courage and commitment. I had the honour of meeting Ahmed and his colleagues on a recent visit to Mogadishu, and on behalf of all UNHCR staff, wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to his family and express our deep solidarity with the Somalia team.” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.