2 January 2013

Somalia: Roadside Bomb Hits Amisom Patrol in Merka Town

Photo: United Nations
A Somali girl crosses a street on her way to school while AMISOM soldiers stand guard (file photo).

Merka — A roadside bomb has hit a Burundian contingent of African union forces who were on a patrol in the beachside town of Merka in southern Somalia, according to residents in the town.

Eyewitnesses say that three civilians have been wounded in the explosion but residents could not confirm any casualty on the side of Amisom troops, who were the target of the attack.

Meanwhile the vice governor of in charge of security, who spoke to Shabelle media network told that there was not any casualty on Amisom forces from that roadside bomb attack and he stressed that security operations were underway in the town to find the perpetrators of the attack.

Merka was one of the major basins of Alshabab militants before they were forced out of the town by Somali national forces backed by Amisom troops.

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