Monday 8 July 2013

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in emergency landing

Aviation Nigeria

A plane carrying the Somali president has been forced to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu after one of its engines reportedly caught fire.

A spokesman for President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said it was not clear why the engine stopped working.

Although the plane's tyres were completely damaged in the incident, Sheikh Mohamud remained un-hurt as fire fighters rushed to put out the flames.

Reports indicate the president was flying to the South Sudan capital, Juba, when it was forced to turn round.

Mr Mohamud was chosen as president last year in a UN-backed move to end decades of conflict.

African Union and Somali forces backing Mr Mohamud have driven al-Shabab from the country's main cities in the past year but the al-Qaeda-linked group still stages occasional attacks.

The new government is the first one in more than two decades to be recognized by the US and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Source: BBC


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