Gunmen kill U.N. official at mosque

From Times Wire Reports

Gunmen opened fire on people leaving a mosque in Mogadishu, killing one of the country’s senior U.N. officials and wounding his son and another man, a witness and a family member said.

Attacks on officials, including those working for the U.N. or aid agencies, are common in Somalia, where Islamic insurgents have vowed to wage an Iraq-style insurgency against the country’s U.N.-supported government.

Osman Ali Ahmed, head of the U.N. Development Program for Somalia, died at the African Union hospital after being shot in the head, his wife said.