(Xinhua) -- The World Food Programme (WFP)
said Monday it had launched investigations into an explosion
that left two security guards escorting its team slightly
injured on Sunday.
WFP Somalia spokesperson Amor
Almagro confirmed that the roadside bomb explosion occurred 100
meters behind a moving WFP convoy in Mogadishu.
"The occupants of the WFP vehicles—including WFP staff and a
visiting journalist—are all safe, although two private security
guards escorting the team were slightly wounded," Almagro told
"We are investigating the incident, including whether or not
the convoy was the intended target," Almagro added.
She said the convoy was returning from KM-13, an area on the
outskirts of Mogadishu where WFP is providing life-saving
emergency food and nutritional assistance to people affected by
Somali militant group Al-Shabaab said in a statement posted
on its website on Sunday they used a remote controlled landmine
to attack the WFP convoy and its escorting soldiers.
The insurgents, who have upped their attacks since new Somali
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was elected into office,
claimed that the explosion struck through one of the vehicles
and inflicted casualties on WFP staff members.
Nearly 3 million people in Somalia are in urgent need of food
assistance due to severe drought, but humanitarian workers there
are increasingly targeted by the Al-Shabaab that is fighting to
topple the Somali government .
"It is vital that relief agencies are able to safely reach
drought-affected communities to provide lifesaving humanitarian
assistance as this drought crisis worsens," Almagro said.
The humanitarian community has said the volatile security
situation continues to impact on civilian lives and create a
challenging environment for the delivery of humanitarian
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