Mogadishu, June 20, 2019 (hornnews24) – Clashes between African Union mission troops (AMISOM) and Somali National Army Wednesday night at the suburb of the Somali capital, Mogadishu claimed more than 24 lives.
According to reports the fighting has erupted when Burundian troops from the African Mission ambushed a convoy of Somali troops killing dozens of Somali soldiers and destroying at least four military vehicles.
The motive of the attack remains mysterious but it is believed that the Burundian soldiers intentionally started the fighting. Both AMISOM and the Somali Government have not commented so far on the cause of the clashes.
The African Union (AU) had announced in 2017 that the Burundian soldiers must leave Somalia by the end of February but Burundi had rejected the AU’s troop withdrawal decision.
Burundi’s participation in AMISOM is an important source of foreign currency in that country – every quarter, the AU pays around 18 million US dollars (€15.7 million) as compensation for the soldiers.
For financial reasons Burundi always wanted to keep its soldiers in Somalia despite the killing of 51 Burundian soldiers in a fire fight with al-Qaida-linked group in Somalia in 2011.
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