Remains of SA man to arrive home

Alan Simpson’s wife has described him a real family man.

Alan Simpson (inset), who died in an attack in Somalia. Picture: AFP & Denel.

CAPE TOWN - The family of a Port Elizabeth man who was killed in a terror attack in Somalia says his death has not hit home yet.

Alan Simpson, Morné Lötter and Somali resident Isak Mohammad Osman were working for Denel's demining operation, Mechem, providing logistical support to a United Nations (UN) operation in the region.

Al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab insurgents shot and blasted their way into the UN compound in Mogadishu, killing at least 16 people on Wednesday.

Simpson's estranged wife Annetjie has described him as a real family man.

She says they're anxiously awaiting the arrival of his body.

"It should arrive in Johannesburg this afternoon. They are making arrangement to get the body to Port Elizabeth as soon as possible."

She says he expected to be buried next week.

The family says his daughter was in constant contact with him before his death.

Simpson's daughter's partner Ferdie Anderson says they chatted daily.

"They had a very close relationship. They used to speak on Facebook daily."