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UN Confirms Killing Of Polio Workers In Somalia

The UN has confirmed that two polio workers were killed in an attack in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

The authorities in Somalia confirmed that the health workers were killed when an improvised explosive device detonated on Tuesday.

The BBC’s Bella Sheegow says the attack left a passer-by dead and over a dozen others wounded.

In a statement, the UN children’s agency (Unicef) said the “brave polio workers were on the front-lines, risking their lives to provide critical health services to vulnerable children”.

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“Attacks on health workers are a violation of international law and must not be tolerated. Unicef condemns the cowardly attack in the strongest terms and calls on the authorities to conduct a comprehensive investigation. Humanitarian workers should never be a target,” the statement added.

The agency sent out condolences to the bereaved families.

No group has confirmed carrying out the attack.

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