Two soldiers from the African Union's peacekeeping force in Somalia, AMISOM, were killed as they tried to prevent a suicide bomb attack in Somalia's capital, the force said on Monday.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Three attackers, disguised as Somali government troops, were also killed in the afternoon firefight, after they assaulted a position guarded by AMISOM and pro-government militia.
"The extremists drove up in a white saloon car and engaged AMISOM troops there in a firefight. However, they were unable to gain entry into the position. Three of them were killed, including one would-be suicide attacker," AMISOM said.
The 9,000-strong force is fighting al Shabaab insurgents in a bid to stabilise the conflict-torn Horn of Africa nation.