South Africans killed in Mogadishu attack

State arms manufacture Denel has released the names of the two South Africans who died at a United Nations compound in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.


The two are identified as Morne Lotter, 41, from Oudtshoorn who worked as a Facility Manager and Alan Simpson, 53, from Port Elizabeth who worked as a Maintenance Manager.

The third person to die in the incident was Isak Mohammed Osman, a Somali national who worked as an electrician.

The two died when a UN compound was attacked, killing 15 and injuring hundreds. Al-Qaida linked Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia have claimed responsibility for the raid, saying they used a car bomb and suicide attackers to blast their way into the fortified base in central Mogadishu near the airport.

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It is the first major assault targeting the UN since its agencies started relocating to Mogadishu after a 20-year absence.

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Lotter and Simpson belonged to a contingent of personnel from the company’s humanitarian demining operations, Mechem, and were providing camp management services to the UN operations in the region, which included the management and provision of catering, cleaning and logistical support as well as mine protected vehicles in the region. – sanews.gov.za

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