Somali government officials say two separate cars drove up to the port, targeting an AMISOM munitions dump. It was not clear if the vehicles, which came under fire, gained full entry before the explosive devices detonated.
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AMISOM CONDEMNS SUICIDE ATTACK ON MOGADISHU SEAPORT
Mogadishu, Thurs 09 June 2011
Mogadishu's busy sea port was today attacked by two extremist suicide bombers. One civilian was killed, and three AMISOM soldiers were injured in the blasts. The injured are being treated at the AMISOM Field Hospital.
Several insurgents carrying pistols, two of whom were wearing suicide vests, infiltrated the area and directed an attack against the business community trading through the port. They failed to get very far into the port and after an exchange of fire with AMISOM soldiers, two bombers were put out of action.
AMISOM Spokesman, Major Paddy Ankunda, said:
“This is a callous attack on the civilian population designed to frighten them and disrupt the flow of trade. Al Shabaab know their time in Bakara is coming to an end and they are trying to bring trade to its knees as they go.
“The men blended in with the constant flow of civilian traders entering and leaving the port. The Port is Mogadishu’s commercial lifeline and AMISOM offer the best protection possible whilst allowing trade to flow freely.
“Our security picked up the threat quickly and dealt with it effectively, preventing the men from reaching the dockside and causing extensive injuries to workers unloading ships.
“AMISOM will not be intimidated and will continue to provide the best security we can. The people of Mogadishu can be reassured that we will keep the port open and businesses trading wherever possible.
“Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased, and with the injured.”
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