Alshabaab kills one AU peacekeeper and wounds two others in Buulo-Barde


An African Union peacekeeper was reportedly killed, and two others were wounded in a landmine explosion in central Somalia on Friday morning.

Residents said the blast occurred when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) struck peacekeepers from Djibouti near an airport in Buulo Burde district in Hiiran region under the Hirshabeele administration, killing one soldier on the spot.

AlShabaab has claimed responsibility for the bomb attach which targeted the troops serving with the African Union Mission to Somalia known as (AMISOM) which is mandated to restore peace and stability to Somalia.

The AU mission has yet to release a statement regarding the death of the peacekeeper in Bulo Burde which lies some 200 Kilometers (125 miles) north of the capital, Mogadishu.

This attack was the latest in series of IED blasts targeting the African Union forces and the Somali National Army (SNA) in the south and central Somalia by the extremist group linked with Al Qaeda.

Last month, a powerful roadside bomb planted in the same Airport vicinity in Bulo Burde has left at least one Djibouti soldier dead while several others sustained injuries.

The town has been under siege from al-Shabaab since AMISOM peacekeepers SNA forces retook control in March 2014 following joint military operation which had driven the group out of town .

Alshabaab, which is linked to Al-Qaeda, has waged a decade-long insurgency to overthrow the UN-backed Federal government supported by the 22,000 African Union forces.