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Aid workers shot dead in Somalia

A resident of a refugee camp has shot dead three aid workers in Somalia, including two with the UN's World Food Programme.

Mataban town elder Mohamud Sheik Abdi said the three Somalis were shot as they returned from a camp for families displaced by violence and famine. The shooting appeared to have been over a personal matter.

WFP confirmed the killing of two of its staff members and the death of a third person working for a co-operating aid group.

"The individual then gave himself up and is currently in the custody of the local authorities. WFP operations have been temporarily suspended in Mataban," the statement said.

The Islamist fighters who rule much of the country's southern and central regions last month barred 16 aid groups from operating in areas under their control. The militants accused aid groups of espionage or anti-Islamic activities.

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