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SA man gunned down in Somalia

2012-04-28 19:23

Mogadishu - A South African security trainer was killed by his bodyguard in Somalia's semiautonomous region of Puntland, officials said on Saturday.

Puntland's government said in a statement on Saturday that it had launched an investigation into Friday's killing. The statement identified the man as Lodewyk Pietersen, and said he worked for Saracen International, a security firm that trains anti-piracy forces in Puntland.

The statement said the South African was 55-years-old and married with children.

South African foreign ministry spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Saturday no official word has been received from consular staff handling South African interests in Somalia.

"We have not yet been alerted to such an incident," he said.

The statement said the trainer was killed while accompanying Puntland's maritime forces on a government-approved mission targeting pirates near Hul-Anod, a coastal area favoured by pirates who use it as a base to hijack ships for ransom.

Pietersen was shot dead by his Somali bodyguard after an argument, according to a Puntland official who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to comment on the matter. The official said Puntland's security forces were hunting for the killer.

Somalia's prime minister recently said that al-Qaeda-linked militants were fleeing to mountainous hideouts in Puntland after facing increasing military pressure around Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

Somalia, which has not had a functioning central government for more than two decades, is one of the most dangerous places for foreigners to work.

Comments
  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-04-28 19:55

    hunt him down and kill the scum !!shoot to kill any boat and its crew who come close to any mearchant navy vessel or yacht!! these are not humans they are hyenas that deserve to die .

      Alfred - 2012-04-28 20:10

      Can't argue that at all but the guy who killed Pietersen wasn't a pirate, he was Pietersen's "bodyguard". Supposedly.

      fatahale - 2012-04-28 20:39

      harley to be honest with you these are not pirates they are marines they the right to protect their soul from the invaders who do not want to tax and just pass through their water . Do not ignore the reality any ship must be hijacked unless it pays the tax\r\nRemeber the world is igniting choas in somalia coz its strategic place for mechant ships\r\nI hope you get the point and stop nepotism

      hondbyt - 2012-04-28 22:09

      @fatahale, You're joking right?

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-28 20:02

    that's a setup for sure. bodyguard masquerading as a petty murderous thief.

      FeebleGastro - 2012-04-28 21:04

      More likely murderous Al Qaeda terrorist thief masquerading as bodyguard.

      Dix - 2012-04-28 21:53

      Somalia is one of the bad country ..its seem their never learn democracy ,there is no such thing like peace.in somalia .for the rest of the deceased brother,s family..we here together u are not alone.R.i.p.

      Dix - 2012-04-28 21:53

      Somalia is one of the bad country ..its seem their never learn democracy ,there is no such thing like peace.in somalia .for the rest of the deceased brother,s family..we here together u are not alone.R.i.p.

  • John - 2012-04-28 20:30

    Best advice its not worth the money to be work in places like Somalia just way too risky....RIP

  • RemoteMedic - 2012-04-28 20:51

    RIP Lodewyk. Condolences to the family. Worked in Somalia as well, worst humans on the planet, glad I left there.

  • stthrini - 2012-04-28 23:07

    The majority of Somalians does not know the purpose of living

  • janvolsc - 2012-05-03 16:30

    Rest in peace my friend. You saved my life many years back.You were a brave soldier.

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