19 June 2013

Somalia: Five Foreigners Including Three South Africans Confirmed Dead in the Mogadishu Attacks

UN chief Ban Ki-moon expresses outrage at a "despicable" Islamist attack on a UN compound in Somalia which left several dead but vows that the ... ( Resource: UN Chief Condemns 'Despicable' Attack in Mogadishu )

Mogadishu- — Almost 10 armed men belonging to the Alshabab militia attacked UN headquarters in Mogadishu today. the gunmen battled with the UN guards for almost 30 minutes before federal government troops and AMISOM troops came to their rescue.

A local who was arround when the incident occured told Shabelle radio station in Mogadishu that a suicider detonated a bomb at the gates of the UN offices and that paved the way for other attackers to force themselve inside. They fired gun fire at the local guards and fought for hours detonating hand grenades and aused several blasts at the site.

Deafening blasts rocked the city and ambulance sirens were hard all over the city added the eye witness.

It is confirmed three foreigners working for Denel Mechem who were doing demining work for the U.N. died in the attack, 2 other foreigners whose identity has not yet been revealed are also among the dead. Almost 8 attackers 4 local guards and a civilian are among the dead.

Alshabab has claimed responsibility as they posted on their twitter acount.

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