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07 April 2014

INTERPOL condemns murder of United Nations workers in Somalia

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has strongly condemned the cold-blooded murder of two United Nations workers in Somalia as ‘a despicable and cowardly act’.

The two men, one French and the other British, both worked for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). They were shot on Monday in Galkayo Airport by a man reportedly dressed in a police uniform.

“These murders are truly devastating for the UNODC and for all those who believe in the rule of law,” said Secretary General Noble.

“INTERPOL condemns these killings in the strongest possible terms and on behalf of the world police community we express our solidarity with the United Nations at this difficult time. INTERPOL staff have been, and will continue to work closely with the UNODC, including in Somalia, and this loss is deeply felt.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the two victims, and all those individuals who continue their efforts to bring peace and security to citizens around the world,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon is in contact with its National Central Bureaus in France and the UK, and its Regional Bureau in Nairobi, in order to provide whatever assistance may be required following the attack.

INTERPOL’s Special Representative to the United Nations in New York is also liaising with the UN and UNODC to offer any additional support needed.

INTERPOL and the global community will continue working with Somali authorities in building a secure country, for a safer world.