Attacks on officials, including those working for the UN or aid agencies, are common in Somalia, where Islamic insurgents have vowed to fight an Iraq-style insurgency against the country's weak and corrupt UN-supported government.
Osman Ali Ahmed, the head of the UN Development Program for Somalia, was bloodied and unconscious as he was rushed to a hospital, said Hassan Ali, a witness and a neighbour of Mr. Ahmed's. It was unclear how badly Mr. Ahmed's son and the other man were hurt.
Mr. Ahmed's wife, Masteho Abubakr Yusus, later told the Associated Press that her husband died at the African Union hospital after being shot in the head.
The shooting occurred a day after an explosion killed a Somali official, his wife and four others in Mogadishu.
On June 21, Hassan Mohamed Ali, head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees organization in Mogadishu, was abducted from his home on the outskirts of the capital.http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080706.wsomalia0706/BNStory/International/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20080706.wsomalia0706