An unspecified number of Burundian peacekeepers were killed on Saturday when a military convoy was ambushed by the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab in the Middle Shabelle region, southern Somalia.
A senior Burundian official confirmed that 12 of their soldiers were killed and six others wounded on Saturday by Al-Shabaab militants who ambushed them as they were returning from a security mission in Jowhar town.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, claiming to have killed 14 Burundian soldiers.
The soldiers were attacked on the road linking Mogadishu and the town of Jowhar, 90 kilometers north of the capital.
A few hours before the attack on the Burundian troops, an IED bomb explosion targeted officials from HirShabelle regional state on the same road, killing five people including a humanitarian aid worker.
In recent years, Al-Shabaab militants have escalated their attacks on the road between Jowhar and Bal’ad towns targeting military and government official vehicles with landmine blasts.