Burundi: Somali Al Shabab attack kills 8 Burundian peacekeepers

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The attack on Friday on the position of Burundian contingent of the African peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) claimed the lives of 8 soldiers and injured 19 others, a senior Burundian military officer has said.

Colonel Révérien Ndayambaje, commander of the Burundian contingent in Somalia, was quoted on Saturday by the Burundian national radio as saying the injuries of 4 of the soldiers were serious.

Al Shabab insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attack at the base of the Burundians 130 km north of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Burundi, which has been at the forefront of contributing troops to AMISOM since 2007, has already lost dozens of peacekeeping soldiers in Somalia.

The Burundian army does not release the death toll of its military casualties on peacekeeping missions in order not to hurt national opinion, as the country is divided over sending troops to Somalia.

On the other hand, the Burundian soldiers have showed off with pride their achievements of their peacekeepers in Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire and also Haiti in Latin America.

The authorities say that sending troops on peacekeeping missions abroad is a form of appreciation for the international community which helped restore peace in Burundi by sending more than 5,000 UN peacekeepers and other African Union contingents to observe the ceasefire in the country.
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27 june 2015 16:46:59

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