The African Union (AU) has issued a message condemning the terrorist attack that occurred on Thursday, December 25, against the base camp of its mission in the capital of Somalia, in which three soldiers and a civilian died.
The Chairwoman of the African Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, strongly condemned the attack carried out by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab against the base camp of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), near the international airport in Mogadishu.
In the message, Dlamini Zuma praised the work of AMISOM troops, and thanked Somali forces of public order for their quick response and for their courage in arresting the assailants. It also sends her condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers. “Yesterday’s attack will only strengthen the determination of the AU,” said the chairwoman of this institution in her letter.
The attack occurred when the attackers infiltrated the base, at lunchtime, as indicated by the AMISOM commanders themselves. After a confrontation between the two forces, three soldiers from AMISOM, a civilian and five attackers were killed.
The African Union forces were sent to Somalia in 2007 to fight against the Shebab, and today are formed by a contingent of over 20,000 men.
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