Two journalists among casualties in Somalia explosion
Some 501 civilians were killed or injured in Somalia in 2020 due to improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war while the number of casualties increased to 669 casualties in 2021, according to the UN.
The AU mission said the training will reinforce the knowledge and skills of the troops on the need to protect civilians and also help them understand the need to protect civilian populations during security operations.
In September 2015, at least 50 AU troops were reported by Western military sources to have died when Al-Shabaab fighters overran a military base southwest of Mogadishu.
The opposition stated that they fully support the Prime Minister's efforts to finalize the elections in Somalia which are more than one year behind the schedule due to the endless political disputes.
The latest incident comes days after the UN Security Council and the AU established a new mission for Somalia called the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia.
The president said the decision to expel Madeira was issued by an office that didn’t have sole responsibility for making such a crucial decision. Madeira could not be immediately reached for comment.
AMISOM, whose mandate expired on Thursday, was a peace support operation with nearly 20,000 forces on the ground mainly from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti.
ATMIS which is multi-dimensional and under full Somalia control awaits the authorization of both the AU Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council before taking over task from AMISOM.
The AU official has been on a three-day visit to Somalia where he held high-level engagements with government officials, civil society members, and Somalia's international partners.
The minister of foreign affairs said the Somali government will hold AMISOM leadership accountable for their illegal actions in the country.
On Saturday, an inter-ministerial meeting was held in Mogadishu in which the officials have announced they will release a formal statement in response to the bombshell report that shocked the Villa Somalia.
The AMISOM mission ends in December 2021, and the African Union is working to expand the mission's capacity and increase its troop numbers to continue operations until 2026.