AMISOM and Somali security forces have this afternoon foiled an attack against Somalia’s new President in Mogadishu. Two suicide bombers were shot and blew up as they attempted to penetrate the hotel where President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has been staying since his election on Monday. Another was intercepted and shot dead as he attempted to scale the walls of the compound. One AMISOM soldier was killed and three others wounded during the attack which happened as the President was addressing a press conference. The President was in no danger and continued to calmly address the media.
AMISOM Force Commander, Lieutenant General Andrew Gutti paid tribute to the courage of his soldiers. “The enemies of peace will not be allowed to spoil this historic moment for the people of Somalia who on Monday successfully completed the transition to representative government.” He said.
He reaffirmed AMISOM’s commitment to continue working with the new government and the people of Somalia to help secure peace and stability in the country.
MOGADISHU, Somalia, September 13, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/
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