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Somali Insurgents Fire at US Congressman During Visit to Mogadishu
Somali insurgents fired mortars toward U.S. Congressman Donald Payne's plane during a visit to the Somali capital in Mogadishu.
The New Jersey Democrat was not injured, his spokeswoman Kerry McKenney told FOX News.
"One mortar landed at the airport when Payne's plane was due to fly and five others after he left and no one was hurt," Abukar Hassan, a police officer at Mogadishu airport, told Reuters.
McKenney said Payne, who chairs the House subcommittee on Africa, felt it was important to go to Mogadishu and see first-hand what was happening there.
I wouldn't associate this attack to pirates too soon. There is a violent Islamist movement in Somalia. To what extent the pirates and the Islamist movement are interrelated, I do not know. However, it's important not to jump the gun.