Source: RBC Radio
Al-Shabab rebel group in Somalia released today details of ten Burundian soldiers of the African Union forces in Somalia [AMISOM] those were killed in heavy gun battle in Daynile district, south of Mogadishu on October.
A press release from Al-Shabab’s press office and emailed to RBC Radio said that “In response to requests from some families in Burundi, Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen has decided to publish the details of some of the Burundian soldiers killed during the heavy battles in the Somali capital, Mogadishu”.
With lack of verification from the Burundian Army, family members of the slain soldiers have contacted Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen in an appeal to confirm the fate of their missing soldiers. Responding to the pleas of ten families in Burundi, attached here are the identity cards and a supplementary table detailing the full names, ranks, specialities, dates of birth, town, province, vital statistics, badge numbers, blood groups, and religious beliefs of the soldiers.
Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen also opens the doors of communication to all families in Burundi who suspect that their sons have been killed in Somalia and those willing to discover the fate of their missing soldiers. Families can file for a Missing Soldier Verification Request by forwarding the full name of the missing soldier to the War Statistics Office (WSO), quoting reference number BR/4539, no later than the 20th of December 2011.
In their newly established twitter blog, Al-Shabab published a contact addresses to whom they said can be filed for any missing soldiers from Burundian forces in Somalia.
Due to the sensitivity of the topic Africa Defense Journal will not publish the photos of the alleged soldiers.