Somalia: Six AU soldiers killed in bomb attack – Al Shabaab
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali armed group Al Shabaab has claimed to have killed six Ethiopian soldiers serving under African Union mission known as AMISOM in bomb explosion.
The explosion hit African Union soldiers on board near Baidoa town, some 250km south west of Somali capital Mogadishu, said in a statement released by Al Shabaab.
The group says five other soldiers were also injured in the explosion.
There was no immediate comment from African Union mission over the claims.
The attack comes a week after the al Qaeda linked group claimed to have shot and killed two soldiers, including an Ethiopian soldier in Baidoa town.
Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked group, has been fighting for more than ten years in Somalia.
The group wants to overthrow the weak UN-backed government in Somalia and impose its own strict interpretation of Islamic law.
It has lost control of many towns and cities to a 22,000-strong African Union force supporting the government.
But the group still has a strong presence in many rural areas.