RFI Africa

African forces backing Somali government troops say they have launched a carefully planned operation to bring security and stability to the people of the Afgoye corridor, a rural area where thousands of displaced people are now camped.

 

Locals said all movement of civilians in the Afgoye corridor has been blocked and the African Union (AU) mission, Amisom, was carrying out military manoeuvres there.

The actual number of casualties between two warring sides is still unclear but witnesses in the area said several people have been killed in the battle.They said most civilians had deserted the area before the clashes.

Three AU soldiers were wounded in Tuesday’s offensive, led by both Ugandan and Burundian troops, according to Amisom spokesperson Paddy Ankunda.  Read more…