2 SAfrican deminers killed in Mogadishu attack

Associated Press
Somali government soldiers gather in front of the main U.N. compound, following an attack on it in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Al-Qaida-linked militants detonated multiple bomb blasts and engaged in ongoing battles with security forces in an attempt to breach the main U.N. compound in Mogadishu, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A spokeswoman for a South African defense company is confirming that two South Africans died in a militant attack on the U.N. compound in Mogadishu.

Vuyelwa Qinga, a spokeswoman for Denel, a manufacturer of defense equipment, said Wednesday that two South Africans contracted from the company Denel Mechem who were doing demining work for the U.N. died in the attack.

A final death toll from the bomb-and-gunfire attack claimed by al-Qaida-linked militants is not yet known. Somali officials say that five Somali civilians and seven attackers died. A U.N. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press says four U.N. personnel also died, including three foreigners.

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