African Union troops say foil Somalia suicide blast

By REUTERS
August 1, 2011 21:34

 
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MOGADISHU - Two suicide bombers attacked African Union peacekeeping soldiers in Somalia on Monday, killing two of them in a gunfight, but were themselves shot dead before they could detonate their explosives, an AU force spokesman said.

Al-Qaida-allied al Shabaab insurgents are battling to overthrow Somalia's Transitional Federal Government and impose their own version of sharia law on the nation.

Soldiers from Uganda and Burundi make up the 9,000-strong AU peacekeeping force propping up the government and fighting al Shabaab.

An AU statement said two would-be bombers dressed in government soldiers' uniforms tried to infiltrate a position held by peacekeepers. They were killed before they could detonate their charges.

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