Ten Burundian soldiers were killed in Tuesday's Al-Shabaab attack on an African Union (AU) base in Somalia, according to Burundi's army. Twenty-five soldiers were wounded, and five are still missing, while 20 Al-Shabaabs were gunned down, according to the statement. This was the first attack on a peacekeeping base since the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) took over from the prior AMISOM force on 1st April.
Al-Shabaab confirmed that they carried out the attack, and said it had seized possession of the camp and killed 173 soldiers. For more than a decade, Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants have waged a lethal guerrilla war against Somalia's fragile central government. The Somali government condemned the "terrible" attack and urged the global community to do more to assist Somali forces and ATMIS in "successfully fighting terrorism."
Moussa Faki Mahamat, the head of the African Union Commission, stated on Twitter that he spoke with Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye to express his gratitude for the "sacrifice" of the troops who died. The incident was denounced by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the regional organization IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development), with the US embassy in Mogadishu promising to "stand alongside ATMIS and Somalia's security forces as we cooperate to achieve peace."
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