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Somalia: 30 UN-backed peacekeepers killed in explosion – Al-Shabaab

MOGADISHU–Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab claimed to have carried out deadly bomb attack on UN-backed peacekeeping soldiers.

In a statement aired al-Shabaab mouthpiece said the group has been responsible for roadside bomb explosion killed 30 soldiers with UN-backed peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

The explosion ripped through Ethiopian military convoy on a routine rotational deployment near Beledweyne, a town lies some 335km north of Mogadishu.

“We have killed 30 Ethiopian soldiers with UN-backed African Union peacekeepers in Somalia explosion”, the group claimed though its website.

Mareeg Online could not independently verify the exact casualty figures.

There was no immediate comment from African Union mission over the claims made by al Qaeda linked al-Shabaab group in Somalia.

Ethiopia was a major military contributor under the African Union’s AMISOM peacekeeping force targeting al-Shabaab militants.

Last month, Ethiopian military says it carried out deadly airstrike targeting Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group in Somalia.

Ethiopian air force official, Brig. Gen. Yilma Merdassa said the strike killed 70 Al Shabaab militants in neighboring Somalia.

The airstrike was said to have aimed to thwart an Al-Shabab attack on an Ethiopian troops with multinational African Union force in Somalia.

The African Union has a combined contribution of roughly 22,000 personnel to fight against the Al-Qaeda inspired group in Somalia.

Somali has been without a central authority since the overthrow of the late ruler Mohamed Siyad Barre in 1991 when the country plunged into chaos and lawlessness.



Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline