ADDIS ABABA – Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Executive Secretary, Workneh Gebeyehu, has “strongly condemned” a terrorist attack on African Union peacekeepers base in Somalia.
No official figures have been given about casualties, but reports say dozens of troops died in the attack on the military base in Middle Shebele region, hosting Burundian troops on Tuesday.
In a statement, Executive Secretary Workneh has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the peacekeepers, the Governments and peoples of Burundi and Somalia. He wished the injured a speedy recovery.
The executive secretary also said he “is confident that these attacks will neither deter nor alter” the determination of the IGAD and international partners’ support of Somalia’s search for a lasting peace and stability.
AU Commission chief Moussa Faki Mohamet has already condemned the deadly attack, saying it “will not lessen the determination” of the AU’s force in Somalia.
He also called on the international community to increase support to the Somali security services and the AU mission.
Mahamet has also had a phone call with Burundi’s president to “pay respects for the sacrifice” of the Burundi peacekeepers.
– EM/News Agencies
Featured image Caption: The contingent of Burundian soldiers were part of AU transition mission in Somalia [Photo AFP]