AU sends condolences to Burundi over the loss of 6 soldiers in Somalia

The African Union representative(above), in his statement, has condemned in the strongest terms the attack perpetrated by Al-Shabab militants against AMISOM personnel, which led to a number of casualties.

“We are united in grief with the families of the fallen soldiers, the people and Government of Burundi for the loss of the brave troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of, and support to a fellow African nation in combatting terrorism.  We wish the injured a speedy and full recovery,” the Chairperson said.

The Chairperson reaffirmed that the AU remains committed to working with the Government of Somalia to further consolidate peace and security in the country, the statement adds.

The Chairperson further calls on the international community to provide appropriate support to Somalia and AMISOM to consolidate security gains in the country.

The Burundi military spokesperson, Floribert Biyereke, had confirmed the attack on Burundian troops in Somalia.

“Elements of the al-Shabaab terrorist group have attacked Burundian soldiers of the Somalia Peacekeeping Mission (AMISOM) in Balad district, located about 30 kilometers northeast from the capital city of Mogadishu,” Colonel Floribert Biyereke, spokesman of the Burundian army said late Sunday.



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