Burundian soldiers hit by explosion in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A roadside bomb explosion has ripped through an
African Union armored personnel carrier near Somali capital Mogadishu.

The explosion targeted Burundian soldiers serving under African Union
peacekeeping force in Somalia, said in a statement aired by Radio
Andulus, an Al Shabaab mouthpiece.

The group says it has destroyed an armored personnel carrier in the
bomb explosion at Hawo Abdi area near the capital of Mogadishu.

“We have been responsible for Thursday’s bomb attack on Burundian
troops near Mogadishu. We burned down a military vehicle”, the group
said.

There was no immediate comment from the African Union mission in
Somalia over the claims.
The group has been waging insurgency more than ten years in Somalia.

The Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab, which once controlled much of the
capital of Mogadishu in 2011, wants to topple the weak-western backed
government of Somalia.

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