MOGADISHU, 12 January 2021 – At least seven Kenyan soldiers serving under the peacekeeping mission in Somalia have been killed in a suicide attack in Mogadishu.
The attack occurred in the outskirts of Hosingow, Middle Juba near the Somali-Kenya border, according to reports by Anadolu Agency, citing offiicals in the region.
The soldiers were killed in a blast that targeted “a convoy on the road between Dhobley and Hosingow”, according to a tweet sent out by Garowe Onbline radio station.
Al-Shabab, the Somalia-based affiliate of al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack, the second that has hit Kenyan soldiers in Lower Juba region, southern Somalia in under 24 hours.
Two people were killed and seven others injured in a landmine explosion on Monday that targeted a vehicle carrying police officers in the capital, Mogadishu.
Al-Shabab claimed Sunday that it killed 17 Kenyan soldiers in a bomb attack near the town of Dhobley, Lower Juba, located 118 miles (191 kilometers) from the port city of Kismayo, the administrative capital of Jubaland..
The Kenyan soldiers killed were under the command of the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping forces in Somalia (AMISOM).
Somalia has been the deadliest mission for African Union-United Nations peacekeepers in recent times, although the United Nations would not share information on the exact numbers killed.
As many as 3,000 African Union peacekeepers had been killed in Somalia in the six years 2007-2013, the period for which Africa Freedom Network could access credible data.
The fatalities are very high when compared to the fact that 3,096 United Nations peacekeepers had died in attacks from the launch of the first mission through May 2013, the last date for which Africa Freedom Network could access data.
The African Union force in Somalia was 17,700 strong at its peak and it included troops from Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Uganda.