AMISOM Beats Back Extremist Attack On Mogadishu
Mogadishu, 29 October, 2011

African Union troops helping to defend the Somali capital, Mogadishu, have today beaten off an attack by al Qaeda-linked terrorists on one of their positions in the outskirts of the city.

At noon, armed terrorists, including 2 suicide bombers disguised as Somali Army troops, attempted to take the position, which is near the German Steel Factory.

During the failed attack, the suicide bombers blew themselves but the extremists were unable to take control of the AMISOM position.

The position guards the Industrial Road, an important city artery, which marks Mogadishu’s northern border. The area was formerly under the control of the extremists before they were forced out by Somali Army troops, supported by AMISOM, in August.

–ENDS

Paddy Ankunda
Lt Colonel
AMISOM Force Spokesman