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Last thursday the 20th of october AMISOM forces suffered its worst defeat since its arrival in Mogadishu in 2007.
In a bid to purge Al-shabaab from one of their last fixed position since the group announced its change of tactics, AMISOM forces made a bid to capture dayniile district in the suburbs of Mogadishu.
Al-shabaab it seems, were lying in wait, and by the late afternoon on that day, Harakat-alshabaab Al-mujahideen lined up scores of dead Burundi soldiers , and presented them to national and international press, many still their bullet proof jackets and helmets put on top of their chests.
Thousands of spectators in a small town called ‘alamada between farming town of afgoye and Mogadishu turned up to see the gruesome sight.
According to the BBC;
“We have killed more than 70 of the enemy soldiers… We have inflicted heavy losses on them [AU troops] and you can see their dead bodies,” remarked Al-shabaabs spokesman sheikh ‘ali mahamuud raage
AMISOM on its part denied the bodies paraded as “propaganda stunt” , and astonishingly claimed Al-shabaab dressed up its dead fighters in stolen AMISOM uniforms.
The associated press reported(AP) ;
“AU spokesman Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda said that only 10 AU soldiers had been killed and two were missing in action. An internal AU document seen by The Associated Press said that 38 soldiers also had been wounded.
“It’s a manipulated picture,” Ankunda said. “They dressed up their own casualties … I think they’ve been keeping some uniforms.”
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
For Immediate Release
Mogadishu Massacre: A Message to Burundi
Mogadishu (24/10/2011) – Since the change of military tactics by Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen on the 6th of August 2011, the battle for Mogadishu has taken on an entirely new dimension. The recent battles have lured the AU forces, who previously sought refuge behind their heavily fortified bases and underground bunkers, out into the open; thereby exposing their intense vulnerabilities and proving their inability to fight in an urban area.
The massacre of more than 150 Burundian troops in the battle of Dayniile, Northern Mogadishu, on Thursday 20th October marked the success of the Mujahideen’s enhanced military strategy and stands as a true testament to the diversified military operations raging in Mogadishu.
And while the media, both local and international, have recorded the video footage of the 76 slain Burundian soldiers displayed by the Mujahideen, complete in their AU uniform and badges, AMISOM propagandists chose to deny the deaths of their own comrades in order to mislead the families of the dead soldiers.
The recent Mogadishu massacre is indeed exemplary of the unforgiving fate that awaits every foreign invader in Mogadishu, but our message is now specific to the people of Burundi.
Your sons continue to perpetrate unspeakable atrocities against our innocent families in Somalia. And despite our persistent demands for the withdrawal of your troops, you remain obliviously adamant that your sons are serving a just cause by killing thousands of innocent men, women and children. The indiscriminate shelling carried out by your troops has displaced over a million people from their homes and has rendered them refugees in their own country.
Half of our children do not attend schools as your troops continue to demolish and destroy our buildings and infrastructure. And in the course of these battles, hundreds of your sons have been killed in Mogadishu while fighting as mercenaries for a worthless cause and some are still being held captive.
The recent deaths of your sons in Mogadishu serve as a just reward for the carnage that they have caused in the streets of Mogadishu and their corpses are now rotting in a distant land without even a funeral ceremony. Know that the indomitable people of Mogadishu will continue to massacre your troops as long as the streets of Mogadishu remain steeped in the blood of their loved ones.
You now have a choice to make. Either you call for the immediate withdrawal of your troops from our country or you shall receive the bodies of your remaining sons delivered to you in bags. Think long. Think hard. Think of your son’s futures.
Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen