AfricaSomalia: AU Peacekeepers Hit By Explosion

Somalia: AU Peacekeepers Hit By Explosion

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SOMALIA – On Monday, an African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) convoy was hit by explosion in Mogadishu, the country’s capital.

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At least three civilians, according to certain reports who were in the vicinity lost their lives in the unexpected explosion.

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Osman Ahmed, a security officer in Mogadishu, told Anadolu over the phone that the convoy was hit near Somalia’s Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in the capital.

“They were targeted while traveling between the KM4 and KM5 intersections in Mogadishu. We suspect the attack was a landmine explosion planted near the road and an investigation is underway,” he said.

He added that the African Union troops in the convoy had been conducting their daily routines in Mogadishu at the time of the attack.

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“We don’t know how many were killed because the AU troops cut off the road from the rest of the capital after the explosion,” he added.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for recent attacks in the Horn of Africa country.

The group has been fighting against the Somali government and the African Union

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