2 SAfrican deminers killed in Mogadishu attack

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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)

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.