AU condemns attack on AMISOM soldiers from Burundi

In a communiqué issued on July 29th, the African Union Commission-AU has condemned the attack perpetrated on July 27th by Al Shabaab militants on Burundian soldiers of the African Union Mission in Somalia-AMISOM.

Mussa Faki Mahammat: “I strongly condemn the killing of AMISOM peacekeepers from Burundi by suspect Al Shabaab gunmen”

“We are united in grief with the families of the fallen soldiers, the people and government of Burundi,” says Mussa Faki Mahamat, AU Chairperson adding that “we wish the injured a speedy and full recovery.”

On twitter, Mussa Faki strongly condemns the killing of AMISOM peacekeepers from Burundi by suspected Al Shabaab gunmen. “I honor their service and sacrifice,” he adds.
He pays tribute to the deceased soldiers saying “they are brave troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of, and support to a fellow African nation in combating terrorism.”
The AU calls on the international community to provide appropriate support to Somalia and AMISOM to establish peace in the country.

The attack occurred in the district of Bal’Ad located at about 30 kilometers northeast from Mogadishu, the capital city. It is reported to have caused many casualties including deaths. However, no official source has yet confirmed the death toll.

Iwacu has contacted the Spokesperson for the Burundian Army to react to the attack in vain.
Burundi has participated in the AU force for peacekeeping in Somalia since 2007. It is the second country which has many soldiers in Somalia after Uganda.