Burundian military says six soldiers killed in Somalia attack
Burundi’s military says six of its soldiers were killed in an al Shabaab attack on a military convoy in the northeast of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Burundian army spokesman, Colonel Floribert Biyereke confirmed the death of its soldiers, adding that three others were also injured seriously during the attack in Balad town, some 30km northeast of Mogadishu.
Biyereke says two other soldiers, who were part of African Union peacekeeping mission were also missing after Saturday’s attack.
Somali armed group al Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for the attack, saying its fighters had killed ten Burundian soldiers in bomb explosion followed by an ambush attack.
The militant group says it had also destroyed an armored personnel carrier during the attack.
The Burundi contingent is the second largest within the AMISOM with 5,432 troops, after Uganda which has more than 6,000 troops.
Burundi has been active in the African Union Peacekeeping Force in Somalia since 2007.