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Withdrawing Burundian troops from Somalia not exemption from Al shabaab attacks: army

07-15-2010 13:50 BJT

BUJUMBURA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Burundi Army Chief of Staff Godefroid Niyombare said on Wednesday that withdrawing Burundian troops serving in the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) does not mean Burundians will be exempted from attacks of Somalia's Al shabaab Islamist group.

Speaking at a press conference, Maj Gen Niyombare said Burundian troops will continue to carry out their peacekeeping mission in Somalia since it is the African Union which requested Burundi to send troops there.

"Al shabaab can attack us [Burundi] even if we withdraw our troops from Somalia," said Maj Gen Niyombare.

"It's impossible to flee terrorism. To prevent terrorist attacks, we have to develop a communication mechanism whereby each person living in Burundi informs security forces any suspicious person or object," he told reporters.

He said the army is in touch with Somali nationals living in Burundi, adding that some foreign suspects, either from Somalia or from other countries, have been denied entry to Burundi.

On Sunday night, Al shabaab carried out attacks in the Ugandan capital Kampala. On Monday, the Islamist group said the next target will be Burundi's capital Bujumbura.

Uganda and Burundi are the two countries which contributed troops to the AMISOM mission.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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