Two AU soldiers killed in Somalia attack

May 30, 2011 21:15

MOGADISHU - Two soldiers from the African Union's peacekeeping force in Somalia, AMISOM, were killed as they tried to prevent a suicide bomb attack in Somalia's capital, the force said on Monday.

Three attackers, disguised as Somali government troops, were also killed in the afternoon firefight, after they assaulted a position guarded by AMISOM and pro-government militia.

"The extremists drove up in a white saloon car and engaged AMISOM troops there in a firefight. However, they were unable to gain entry into the position. Three of them were killed, including one would-be suicide attacker," AMISOM said.

The 9,000-strong force is fighting al Shabaab insurgents in a bid to stabilize the conflict-torn Horn of Africa nation.

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