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AMISOM confirms injuries of two of its soldiers in Middle Shabelle region

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has confirmed that two landmine explosions injured two of its troops.

According to reports, a military convoy carrying Burundi soldiers working under the framework of AMISOM were targeted with blasts near Butane village not far away from Mahaday town.

AMISOM officials who spoke to VOA Somali service said the attacks against their convoy had only injuries of two soldiers.

The officials said the landmine explosions also destroyed one of their armoured personnel vehicles.

The attacks come barely three months after six soldiers from East African country of Burundi, were killed in an attack near Balad town, located about 30 kilometres northeast from the capital city of Mogadishu.

The Burundi contingent is the second largest within the AMISOM with 5,432 troops, after Uganda which has more than 6,000 troops.

Burundi has been active in the African Union Peacekeeping Force in Somalia since 2007.

With the strength of 22,000 troops, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has been fighting al-Shabaab fighters in the south and central Somalia.

It was created by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council in January 2007, with an initial mandate for six months.

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