Aid agency says 15th aid worker killed in Somalia this year

Other News Materials 26 October 2008 03:10 (UTC +04:00)

The head of a Somali aid agency says a gunman has shot dead a female Somali employee in the latest of a string of attacks on the humanitarian community, the Associated Press reported.

Ali Sheik says Duniya Sheik Daud was killed Saturday evening as she returned from work in the central Somali town of Gurilel. Sheik's organization campaigns for women's rights and against female genital mutilation. It was unclear who was behind the attack.

Fifteen aid workers have been killed so far this year.

Several factions in Somalia's chaotic civil war stand to gain from the attacks.

The impoverished Horn of Africa nation has not had a functioning government since warlords overthrew a socialist dictator in 1991.