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Manager of P&O Ports murdered at Somali port by al-Shabaab

Mathew Healy, PortandTerminal.com, February 4, 2018

Gunmen have shot and killed a senior manager of Dubai-based P&O Ports in Somalia’s northeastern Puntland state this morning reports say. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab extremist group is claiming responsibility.

P&O Ports has acknowledged one of its employees was killed and three others injured in an “incident” Monday at its operations in Bosaso Port.

Port of Bosaso

The Port of Bosaso, also known as Bosaso Port, is the official seaport of Bosaso, the commercial capital of the autonomous Puntland region in northeastern Somalia. It is classified as a major class port. The leaders of Puntland declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998 but is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.

The Port of Bosaso occupies a strategic location for maritime transport in the Gulf of Aden at the southern approach to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. The town around the port has a population of about 700,000 people.

P&O Ports

“P&O Ports is a 100% Dubai government-owned company that specializes in managing small, multi-purpose ports located in hardship regions and emerging markets that have a strong working relationship with the government of Dubai”

P&O Company Website

In 2017, P&O won a 30-year concession for the management and development of a multi-purpose port project at Bosaso.

In 2017, P&O won a 30-year concession for the management and development of a multi-purpose port project at Bosaso.

Who was killed and why?

Photo: Paul Anthony Formosa, senior manager with P&O Ports at Port Bosaso murdered by al-Shabab today in Somalia

Paul Anthony Formosa is the Italian/Maltese P&O employee who was killed today by al-Shabaab. Formosa’s LinkedIn profile shows that he was hired by Dubai-based P&O in August 2017. His previous assignments include the role of COO at International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) at the Port of Sudan and Terminal Manager at Gulftainer in Iraq.

“The attack is part of broader operations targeting the mercenary companies that loot the Somali resources”, al-Shabaab said when claiming responsibility for the killing.

There is resentment amongst many of P&O’s involvement in the project at the Port of Bosaso. One anonymous commentator on SomaliNet, summed up his feelings by posting the following:

“UAE get the fuck out of my town. (We) won’t accept shady deals”

SomaliNet Forum commenter after the announcement of P&O Ports deal with the Port of Bosaso

The UAE has invested heavily in ports and built military bases around the Horn of Africa and Yemen.

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