Al-Shabaab claims bomb attack on UN office

Four United Nations Children's Fund staff members were killed and four were seriously wounded, UNICEF said.

Al-Shabaab claims bomb attack on UN office

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Somali armed group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that targeted a UN office in the semi-autonomous Puntland region in northern Somalia, which left at least 9 people dead.

"We targeted our enemy, the UN. We killed many and injured many in the attack," Al-Shabaab spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab said on the group's affiliate Andalus radio station.

The spokesman claimed that among the dead were six Europeans and four Africans.

Two Kenyans, an Afghani national and seven Somali guards were killed in the attack, the witnesses said, noting that a school bus that was next to the UN vehicle was also hit.

"I am outside the UN offices and there are bodies and blood everywhere. Ten bodies have been counted. Still many are injured," Abdel-Wahab Ali, a local official who saw the bombing, told.

Four UNICEF staff killed in Somalia attack, four wounded

Four United Nations Children's Fund staff members were killed on Monday when al Shabaab members bombed a U.N. minivan in Somalia, and four were seriously wounded, UNICEF said.

"The IED (improvised explosive device) attack occurred when the staff were travelling from their guest house to the office, normally a three minute drive," UNICEF said in a statement.

UNICEF Spokesman James Elder said the staff were from a range of countries but their nationalities would not be immediately released as the families were being contacted.

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