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Factbox - Violence against aid workers in Somalia

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Oct 20 (Reuters) - A regional Somali official blamed Islamist insurgents on Monday for killing a U.N. employee in the latest assassination of an aid worker.

Here are some details of recent attacks on humanitarian staff:

* A Briton and a Kenyan working on a U.N.-funded project were seized by gunmen in April and taken to Jilib town, 280 km (175 miles) south of Mogadishu. They are still being held.

* Jolanda Occhipinti and Giuliano Paganini were abducted on May 21 when gunmen stormed the offices of the Rome-based Cooperazione Italiana Nord Sud. They were freed on Aug. 5.

* Gunmen kidnapped five local employees from Water For Life, another Italian charity, on June 30 after stopping their cars west of the capital. They are still being held.

* Gunmen killed Osman Ali Ahmed, local country director for the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), as he left a mosque in the capital Mogadishu on July 6.

* Gunmen killed Mohamed Kheire, local deputy head of a German charity, Bread for the World, on July 11 at Elasha, south of Mogadishu. Separately, gunmen in the capital also killed another local man working for ASAL, a partner group of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP).

* Abdikadir Yusuf Kariye, head of an orphanage in Lafoole near Mogadishu, was shot dead by unidentified attackers on Aug. 6. Hundreds of civilians displaced by fighting had set up camp at the centre, as well as the 370 orphans who live there.

* Abdulkadir Diad Mohamed, a Somali who joined WFP in June as an administration and finance assistant, was abducted and then shot dead on Aug. 15 after he tried to escape.

* Kidnappers freed Hassan Mohammed Ali, head of the U.N. refugee agency's office in Somalia on Aug. 27, but rising insecurity forced Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to close a Mogadishu clinic that provided health care to hundreds of women and children.

* Two Western aid workers from the charity Medecins du Monde were kidnapped at the border village of Laas Caanood on Sept. 22 and taken to Gurael, 500 km (300 miles) north of Mogadishu.

* Unidentified gunmen killed Abdinasir Aden Muse, a Somali working for the WFP, on Oct. 17 as he left a mosque in the central town of Merka.

* Unidentified gunmen killed Muktar Mohammed Hassan, a local man working for UNICEF, in the southern Hudur town on Oct. 19.

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