The Africa Report: 20 June
EWN's Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day's top African news
AL-SHABAAB ATTACK IN SOMALIA LEAVES 22 DEAD
"The Mujahideen attacked #UNDP about an hour ago and are now in complete control of the entire compound and the battle is still ongoing… Inside the compound are several clueless foreigners who were lulled into a false sense of security by a strong disinformation campaign!...The UN, a merchant of death & a satanic force of evil, has a long inglorious record of spreading nothing but poverty, dependency & disbelief"
These were the tweets by the al-Qaeda linked militant Islamist group, al-Shabaab (@HSMPRESS1), who launched a terror attack on the United Nations (UN) compound in Mogadishu on Wednesday, with the death toll at 22.
South African defence equipment manufacturer, Denel, said that it was waiting on more information regarding the murder of two South Africans who were employed by Denel Mechem, which runs the compound and its facilities.
UN officials have reported that a car bomb had exploded outside the entrance of the UN compound, whose premises are heavily fortified and situated next to the airport.
Following the explosion, al-Shabaab militants entered the grounds and opened fire on foreigners and Somali guards. Seven al-Shabaab fighters were killed.
Al-Shabaab was driven out of Mogadishu by the African Union's peacekeeping mission and the Somali government, making this their first attack on UN premises.
The AU peacekeeping force was locked in battle with al-Shabaab for 90 minutes and has since reported that the compound is under the protection of "friendly troops".
In a telephone call to Somali president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, expressed outrage at the "despicable attack", vowing to not back down.
OUTRAGE AT APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW GOVERNOR OF EGYPT'S LUXOR PROVINCE
Many Egyptians have expressed outrage at the appointment of a massacre linked governor in the Luxor Governorate, leading one minister to quit.
Egypt's Tourism Minister, Hesham Zazou, has quit amid the protest of President Mohamed Morsi's appointment of a governor from an Islamist party, Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (Gamaa Islamiya), who are linked to a 1997 massacre in Luxor that left 58 foreign nationals dead. Gamaa Islamiya is allegedly connected to al-Qaeda.
The appointee, Adel al-Khayat, has denied having had anything to do with the massacre and claims to reject any militant action.
This appointment equals 13 of 27 governorships in the hands of one of the world's largest Islamic movements, the Muslim Brotherhood.
DRC's FIRST TOUR DE CONGO
The first ever Tour de Congo, a 900-kilometre race, started in the port city of Matadi on the Congo River on Wednesday.
It started a day late so that it could end in Kinshasa on Independence Day, the 30th June.
Participants, from France and across the African continent, will cover nine stages over 12 days, but will avoid the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Part of the aim of the tour, says Congolese Cycling Federation president Sylvestre Mutayo, is to show the world that the DRC have sufficient infrastructure, friendly and hospitable people and an open tourism sector, reported the BBC.
DEADLY NIGERIAN MOTORCYCLE RAID NOT PART OF ISLAMIST INSURGENCY
According to Nigerian officials, a deadly motorcycle raid in the north of Nigeria was not linked to Islamic militants, Boko Haram, but allegedly linked to cattle thieving and dispute that had followed.
The attack in the north-eastern Maiduguri saw 48 motorcyclists enter a village wherein they gunned down people in their houses and at least nine children at a local school.
The murdered children were taken to the morgue in their school uniforms on Wednesday.
The north-eastern area of Nigeria continues to be in a State of Emergency, following the launch of an offensive to defeat Islamist terrorism by President Goodluck Jonathan.