MOGADISHU, Somalia – Twin bomb blasts targeted African Union troops from Burundi near Mahaday town in Middle Shabelle region, about 120 km north of Mogadishu.
The blasts targeted Burundian peacekeepers while conducting patrol between Mahaday and Burane towns late on Saturday, an eyewitness said.
He says several soldiers were killed and injured in the explosions.
“We heard two loud explosions. We saw soldiers bleeding and others lying on the ground”, he said
Al Shabab, an al Qaeda linked group has claimed the responsibility for the bomb explosions.
The group says it has killed four African Union soldiers from Burundi in the attack.
There was no immediate comment from African Union mission in Somalia over the claims.