PHOTOS: Serial Phone Snatcher Survives Angry Mob

Yusuf was showered with punches and kicks

The United Nations has condemned in the strongest terms this morning’s attack on a UN vehicle in Somalia, order which killed four United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) workers and seriously injured four others.

“All of us at UNICEF are deeply saddened, malady and deeply angered, sickness ” Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive-Director, said in a statement to the press.

At about 8:00 this morning, a suspected IED (improvised explosive device) targeted a UN vehicle in Garowe, Puntland, Somalia.

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A UNICEF statement said that the IED attack occurred when the staffs were travelling from their guest house to the office, normally a three-minute drive. Emergency response operations are ongoing.

“The horrific attack on our UNICEF colleagues today in northern Somalia is an assault not only on them but on the people they served. Our immediate thoughts are with the families of the four staff members who were killed and with those who were injured,” Mr. Lake added.

“Our colleagues dedicated their lives to working for the children of Somalia. They are not victims. They and those who were wounded are heroes. We mourn their loss and hope for the full recovery of the injured,” he said.

Earlier this morning, the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) also condemned the attack calling it a “complete disregard for the lives of people working on the humanitarian and development needs of the people of Somalia is despicable.”

“I am shocked and horrified by what took place today in Garowe,” Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia and head of the UN mission (UNSOM) there said in a statement.

“Our UN colleagues are saddened but unified in the face of this tragedy. The United Nations remains determined to stand by the people of Somalia. My deepest sympathies and thoughts are with the friends and families of all those who lost their lives, and those injured and affected,” Mr. Kay said.
A mobile phone thief, pill over the weekend survived being lynched by an angry mob that pursued him after he snatched a brand new phone from a young lady at Equatorial Mall in Kampala.

The middle aged man took advantage of the lady who was checking out her new handset after purchasing it from one of the shops at the downtown mall.


Eyewitnesses say the goon snatched the phone before running towards former Kiseka Market but was intercepted by a mob that had heard his victim make an alarm.

The mob showered the thief with punches and kicks after retrieving the phone and handing it back to the young lady.


Some of the onlookers who spoke to this website stated that the thief is one, Yusuf; a member of a notorious gang stationed behind Emrald Hotel, known to snatch gadgets from passengers travelling in taxis. The  mob later left him to go after stern warnings.


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