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Africa Union mission investigates alleged civilian killing in Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said on Sunday that they are probing into claims that its troops killed civilians during an ambush by Al-Shabaab on Friday in Barawe region in southern part of the Horn of Africa nation.

AMISOM confirmed that fighting took place after its troops, while on a foot patrol, encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) reinforced with an ambush, between Marangway and Jameeko in the outskirt of Barawe town.

"Contrary to media reports, AMISOM is not aware of any civilian casualties caused by its troops in the attack," it said in a brief statement.

It however said it together with relevant Somali government authorities will investigate the incident further and establish a course of action.

During the Friday incident, the AU mission said 25 camels were killed and four injured.

"Unfortunately, livestock that was in the neighborhood was caught in the crossfire as our troops engaged the terrorists. Our forces met with the local administration and livestock owners on Saturday to discuss the matter," it said.

The Al-Shabaab militants have recently increased their attacks against AMISOM and Somali forces in the country, which resulted in the loss of some towns although the militants mainly held those towns briefly.

The AMISOM and Somali forces have also increased air strikes across the Horn of Africa nation, resulting in the killing of several militants.


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