AU Condemns Deadly Attack on AMISOM Soldiers

ADDIS ABEBA – African Union has condemned in the strongest terms the attack perpetrated by Al-Shabab militants against its peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

At least six soldiers, all of them Burundi, were killed in the attack, said officials of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The attack came just a few days after six people including two district commissioners were killed, in a suicide bomb attack on a Somalia government building in the country’s capital.

The chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, condemns the attack “in the strongest terms”, said his office in a statement.

The troops were attacked in Balad district, located about 30 kilometers northeast from the capital city of Mogadishu.

“We are united in grief with the families of the fallen soldiers, the people and Government of Burundi for the loss of the brave troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of, and support to a fellow African nation in combatting terrorism,” the Chairperson said.

“We wish the injured a speedy and full recovery,” he said, urging the international community to provide appropriate support to Somalia and AMISOM to consolidate security gains in the country.

Thousands of AU soldiers are in Somalia to help the federal government fights Islamist militant group al-Shabab.

Uganda, which first sent troops to the country in 2007, is the biggest contributor with more than 6,000 soldiers in the force. The other troop-contributing countries are Kenya, Burundi, Djibouti, and Ethiopia.