At least 12 Burundian peacekeepers were killed Saturday when a military convoy was ambushed by the militant group Al Shabaab north of the Somali capital Mogadishu, security sources said on Sunday.
"We've been informed about an ambush in which a number of Burundian soldiers were killed," Abdikarim Hassan, a local Somali security official told AFP.
A senior official contacted by telephone in the Burundian city of Bujumbura told AFP 12 Burundian soldiers had been killed and six injured.
"Yes it's true. Unfortunately 12 of our soldiers were killed and six others injured yesterday (Saturday) by Shabaab militants who ambushed them as they were returning from a security mission in a convoy going from Jowhar to Mogadishu," the Burundian official said on condition of anonymity.
Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, claiming to have killed 14 Burundian soldiers.