43 Burundian soldiers killed in Somalia

2011-03-05 14:05

Bujumbura - At least 43 Burundian soldiers have been killed and 110 have been wounded since the start of a Somali government-African Union offensive against insurgents on February 23, military sources said.

"The official toll given so far is totally false," a military source in Mogadishu who requested anonymity told AFP.

"In reality, 43 soldiers of the Burundi contingent ... have been killed, another four are missing and 110 were wounded during the last joint offensive ... in Mogadishu."

A senior military officer in the Burundi capital Bujumbura confirmed the toll.