Two AU peacekeepers killed in Mogadishu suicide attack

08:08, May 31, 2011      

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Two soldiers from African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops in the Somalian capital Mogadishu were killed and four others wounded after suicide Islamist fighters attacked one of the mission's base, a spokesman for the peacekeepers said.

The attack was carried out by four heavily armed Islamist fighters with explosive belts who were dressed in Somali government military uniform. "Two of our soldiers died and four others were injured in the attack on our base. Three of the four men with explosives on their body were killed and one is still at large," Capt. Prosper Hakizimana, deputy spokesman for the AU peacekeepers in Mogadishu, told Xinhua.

Hakizimana said that he was also aware that one of the pro- government militia group of Ahlu sunna waljama was injured in the attack by the radical group of Al Shabaab which has claimed responsibility for the assault.

The Islamist group has been loosing ground to Somali government forces and AU peacekeepers in recent offensive in Mogadishu and southern provinces.

The spokesman said that the suicide attack was a sign of desperation on the part of the militant group as it faces one of its worst losses to the peacekeepers backing Somali government.

Islamist group of Al Shabaab control much of south and center of the war ravaged east African country while Somali government forces backed by almost 10,000 peacekeepers from mainly Uganda and Burundi run a little more than half the capital and a number of key towns in the south of the country.

Somali government forces backed by AU peacekeepers have lately been making steady progress against rebel forces in the capital Mogadishu and in parts of the southern provinces where a number of key towns and villages were recaptured from radical group of Al Shabaab.

Source: Xinhua
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