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The European Union on Wednesday condemned the recent attack on Burundian peacekeepers that left several casualties in Somalia.

The EU Heads of Mission in Somalia, as well as the EU special representative for the Horn of Africa and the EU Common Security and Defense Missions (EUNAVFOR, EUTM, EUCAP), also reaffirmed their support to African Union peace operations in the Horn of Africa nation.


“The EU wishes to reaffirm its support to the African Union’s peace support operation, AMISOM, and its indispensable efforts to consolidate the provision of security in Somalia,” it said in a joint statement issued in Mogadishu.

Sources said unknown number of Burundian peacekeepers was killed on Sept. 14 when a military convoy was ambushed by al-Shabab militants on a road connecting Mogadishu and the city of Jowhar, north of Mogadishu.

The EU saluted the courage of those Burundian soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to help bring peace and security to Somalia.

“In these difficult circumstances, our sincerest thoughts are with their families and comrades-in-arms and wish a speedy recovery to those injured during the attack,” said the EU.

Burundi is one of five countries contributing soldiers under the AMISOM. The other countries are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Enditem


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