(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
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
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