ICRC mourns loss of staff member killed in bomb attack in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Thursday it was devastated by the loss of one of its staff, Abdulhafid Yusuf Ibrahim, in Mogadishu who passed away on Wednesday after succumbing to injuries from an improvised explosive.

Abdulhafid was in his private car leaving the ICRC office in the Somali capital on Wednesday afternoon when the device was detonated.

"We are devastated by the loss of Abdulhafid, who was a valued member of our team in Somalia," said Simon Brooks, ICRC's head of delegation for Somalia. "We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this very difficult time."

A Somali national, Abdulhafid joined the ICRC team five months ago as a communication and legal liaison officer. In this role, he played a critical part in promoting the principles of international humanitarian law, which aim to limit human suffering in times of armed conflict, said a statement issued by the humanitarian body.

"By promoting international humanitarian law, Abdulhafid was fully committed to the protection of civilians from the devastating impacts of armed conflict and violence," said Brooks. "It is a profound tragedy that he died of the very kind of attacks he was fighting so hard to prevent."

Abdulhafid leaves behind a wife and two daughters, ages one and two.

One other ICRC staff member suffered minor injuries in the explosion and is now recovering, said the statement, adding that ICRC did not know the reasons behind the attack.
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29 Março 2018 17:04:52

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