Somalia: 10 AU soldiers killed in ambush attack – Al Shabaab
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The Islamic militant group al Shabaab says it has carried out an explosion followed by an ambush attack targeted African Union force (AMISOM) troops from Burundi near Bal’ad town in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region, some 30km north of the capital, Mogadishu.
Ten African Union soldiers killed in the attack said in a statement released by Radio Andulus, an al Shabaab mouthpiece.
The group says 7 dead bodies of AU soldiers were seen lying at the scene of the attack.
There was no immediate comment from the peacekeeping mission over the claims.
The attack comes a week after two Burundian soldiers were injured in an explosion followed by an ambush attack that was claimed by Al Shabaab.
The group 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 al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.