Burundi Deploys Two Fresh Battalions for Somalia Peacekeeping Mission

AMISOM-2016Burundi has done another force rotation in Somalia by deploying another two fresh battalions to serve under AMISOM.

Burundian government has dispatched 38th and the 39th battalions to the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to replace 32nd and 33rd battalions which returned home after successfully serving for one year under AMISOM.

According to Burundian Army Spokesman Colonel Gaspard Baratuza, two battalions made up of 1,700 sent for peacekeeping under AMISOM and another 200 army soldiers to be deployed at the AMISOM headquarters.

Burundi first deployed its troops in Somalia in 2007 to support the Federal Government of Somalia in defeating Al-Shabaab.

Since December 2007, Burundi has deployed six rotating battalions in Somalia responsible in securing Sector 5, which comprises areas such as El Baraf, Mahaaday, Balcad, Helman, Walshiq and Quorolow.

Burundi troops are also present in Kismayo as part of a multinational military deployment.

Other AMISOM troop contributing countries are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

Reference: http://amisom-au.org/

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