AU de­nies killing claim

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MO­GADISHU: The AU mis­sion in So­ma­lia (Ami­som) on Sun­day de­nied al-Shabaab claims that its fight­ers killed 39 AU sol­diers in south­ern So­ma­lia.

Ami­som spokesper­son Joe Ki­bet said: “I can con­firm our sol­diers came un­der at­tack this morn­ing af­ter their con­voy hit an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice. Only two were in­jured and the rest are safe.”

He said con­trary to me­dia re­ports at­trib­uted to al-Shabaab spokesper­son Ab­di­a­sis Abu Musab, who said 39 sol­diers were killed, the to­tal num­ber of sol­diers did not even reach that num­ber.

“This was a pla­toon, which is nor­mally made up of less than 39 sol­diers.” Xin­hua

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