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Somalis Warn They Will Hunt AU Peacekeepers

Somali extremists are warning they will hunt and kill African Union troops entering the country as part of a peacekeeping force.


All African peacekeepers will be seen as invaders, a masked gunman said in a video posted on an Islamist Somali website.


“Somalia is not a place where you will earn a salary – it is a place where you will die,” the gunman said on camera.


The group sending the message called itself the Popular Resistance Movement in the Land of the Two Migrations.


The video showed six men armed with rifles and wearing army fatigues, while one of them read out the written statement.


“The salary you are seeking will be used to transport your bodies,” he said.


The video was posted as African leaders met in Ethiopia to discuss the deployment of troops to Somalia.


Three nations – Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi – have so far pledged around 4,000 troops, but this is only half the estimated number of troops required to fill the security vacuum in the country following a military campaign against Islamist fighters early this month.


The Ethiopian army, which helped the Somali government defeat the Islamists, has begun removing its troops from the country.