African Union peacekeepers come under attack in Mogadishu
Thursday, March 8, 2007
The Ugandan troops, 400 of whom arrived on Tuesday and another 400 the day after, were deployed to the capital Mogadishu as replacements for Ethiopian troops to support the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP).
Ethiopia intervened to help the TFP oust the Islamic Courts Union (IUC), which had held power for six months.
"Convoys of Ugandan troops were ambushed as they were passing the main junction in Mogadishu, and they exchanged heavy gunfire with the insurgents," said Shino Abdukadir, an eyewitness.
Somalia's Deputy Defense Minister Salad Ali Jelle said the Ugandan troops suffered no casualties. There were 10 civilians killed in the attack.
Assane Ba of the African Union said: "The AU has promised to deploy in Somalia and in Mogadishu. The attacks and threats do not set back the deployment."
A Mogadishu radio station broadcast a message from IUC member and Hizbul Shabaab leader, Aden Hashi Ayro, calling for attacks on the peacekeepers. "It is time for the Somali youth to fight the occupation by Ethiopia and others. The Muslims shall not surrender to non-believers."
- "UN Security Council approves African Union peace keepers for Somalia" — Wikinews, February 23, 2007
- Sahal Abdulle. "Insurgents target AU peacekeepers in Somalia" — , March 8, 2007
- "At least 10 civilians killed in ambush on peacekeepers in Somalia" — , March 8, 2007
- Mohamed Olad Hassan, AP. "Peacekeepers ambushed in Somali capital" — , March 7, 2007
- "African force ambushed in Somalia" — , March 7, 2007
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