Ethiopian military convoy comes under heavy attack in south Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Ethiopian military convoy came under heavy attack on Thursday on the road linking the border town of Dolow to Luq in south Somalia’s Gedo region, a day after militants claimed killing nearly 200 African Union peacekeepers in an assault on military camp.

The convoy, which had crossed over the border from Ethiopia, was targeted by two explosions followed by an infantry attack and heavy exchange of gunfire could be heard for nearly an hour, according to residents.

Al-Shabaab said it had carried out the attack, adding that one of the blasts destroyed a military vehicle while the other hit Ethiopian infantry units, but did not say if there were troops killed.

Residents in the village of Shatalow and nearby areas have raised fear over the fighting and a subsequent investigation conducted by Ethiopian military, according to Caasimada Online news website.

The attack comes days after Al-Shabaab said on Tuesday it had killed 173 Burundian peacekeepers in a raid on a military base in the town of El-baraf, some 160 km north of Mogadishu. But a Burundian official put the death toll at 30, saying over a dozen more were missing. read more

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