Burundi says 12 soldiers killed in Somalia attack
MOGADISHU, Somalia –Burundian military says it has lost 12 soldiers serving under African Union mission in an ambush attack claimed by Al Shabaab in Somalia.
The Burundian troops came under ambush attack on Saturday near Balcad town, some 30km north of the capital, Mogadishu, a military official told AFP.
He says at least 12 soldiers were killed in the attack.
Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed the responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed over ten soldiers during the surprise assault.
Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked group, carried out similar attacks, leaving dozens dead.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remain the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting over ten years to overthrow the internationally backed government in Somalia.