UN Security Council condemns deadly attack on AU base in Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned a deadly militant attack on a military base housing Burundian peacekeepers with the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) that had left dozens of soldiers dead and a number of others missing.

On Tuesday, Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab said its fighters had killed 173 Burundian soldiers after storming a military base in the town of El-baraf, some 160 km north of the capital Mogadishu. A Burundian military official put the death toll at 30, saying more than a dozen soldiers were missing. read more

The Members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the heinous terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab against the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) Forward Operating Base in Elbaraf, Middle Shabelle region, on 3 May,” the Security Council said in a statement.

The members of the Security Council expressed their full support for the efforts by the Federal Government of Somalia and ATMIS to counter the threat posed by Al-Shabaab.”

The international body also “paid tribute to the members of the Burundi National Defence Force who lost their lives” in the raid and “expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims”.

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