UN: (24/8/2008): Top UN envoy for Somalia on Saturday deplored the recent killings of innocent victims and the resulting displacement of people in Kismayu, south of the Horn of Africa nation.
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN special representative for Somalia, said that the fighting was to control the port for resource generation and not, as portrayed in some places, a political or other issue.
The UN envoy’s statement came a day after Somali insurgents seized the strategic southern port of Kismayu from a pro-government clan militia in fighting that killed at least 70 people.
According to reports from the field, a large number of civilians were killed in what appeared to be indiscriminate attacks on the road between Afgoye and Mogadishu.
Meanwhile, gunmen kidnapped two western journalists on Saturday near Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, reports from Mogadishu said.