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.