Four dead as blasts hit AU troops in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Two bomb explosions targeted an armored African Union personnel carrier near Baidoa town of Bay region, some 250km southwest of Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The first explosion hit Ethiopian troops with African Union peacekeeping forces between Burhakaba and Baidoa towns where four peacekeeping soldiers were killed on board, said in a statement released by Al Shabaab.
The rebel group also claimed to have carried out 2nd explosion that targeted other Ethiopian troops, while traveling through Mode Mode area of the region, causing untold casualties.
Neither Ethiopian military under the African Union mission nor Somali authorities in the region commented on the claims yet.
Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate 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 remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The insurgent group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.