Somalia’s hardline Islamist insurgent movement al Shabaab pledged on Monday to carry out further attacks against African peacekeepers after the deadliest strike yet killed at least 11 soldiers from Burundi.

“This is our land and you are non-believers,” said a statement in Somali on a website used by the militants, who are fighting against the Somali government and a 3,500-strong African Union (AU) peacekeeping force.

“Leave us for your safety or we shall never tire of increasing your death toll.”

The site,, posted photos of two young men it said were suicide bombers who detonated explosives in a jacket and a car next to an AU compound on Sunday in a former university of Somalia’s coastal capital Mogadishu.

The militants’ Internet statement said 52 people died and 34 were wounded in the attack.

The AU said the compound was targeted by mortar bombs, not suicide bombers. It said 15 were injured, as well as 11 killed.



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