Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab attack on AU troops in Somalia

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A deadly attack by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group on African Union peacekeepers in Somalia has been condemned by the UN Security Council.

More than 30 troops from Burundi were reportedly killed in the incident which took place on Friday at a base camp in Leego in the south of the country.

The Council said neither this attack, nor any other "senseless act of terrorism," would weaken its resolve to support peace and reconciliation in Somalia.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Security Council strongly condemned the attack against the Burundian peacekeepers who were serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

They said the mission is working alongside the Somali government and army to protect citizens and assist in the country's reconstruction and stabilization.

The Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation.

The Security Council also underlined the need to bring to justice those who commit, finance or sponsor terrorism, and urged all countries to cooperate actively with the Somali authorities in this regard.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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