MOGADISHU – The Al Qaeda-linked Somalia’s armed group al-Shabab has launched an attack on armored convoys carrying African Union peacekeepers, along with US especial forces in Barawe town.
Barawe, a town, some 180km south of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, told group’s Radio Andalus that at least 3 African Union soldiers had been killed and 2 others injured in roadside explosion followed by an ambush attack.
Abu Musab says the group’s fighters ambushed convoys full of African Union mission (AMISOM) troops and US forces, while travelling into Barawe town.
He added that 3 armored personnel carriers belonging to Ugandan forces had been burned down in the attack.
There was comment from African Union and US missions in Somalia over the claims.
The Islamist militant group al-Shabab is battling the UN-backed government in Somalia, and has carried out a string of attacks across the region.
The group, which is allied to al-Qaeda, has been pushed out of most of the main towns it once controlled, but it remains a potent threat.
With reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia