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AU Condemns Attacks on Peacekeepers in Somalia

The African Union has condemned a roadside bomb attack in Somalia that killed one AU peacekeeper and wounded two others in the capital, Mogadishu.

In a statement Thursday, Special A.U. Representative for Somalia Nicolas Bwakira condemned the attack and said it would not derail the A.U.'s peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

Bwakira says two bombs exploded late Wednesday on a road between the airport and the K-4 Section of Mogadishu. He says the wounded peacekeepers were taken to Nairobi, Kenya for treatment.

The AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia currently consists of about 3,400 troops contributed by Uganda and Burundi.

The troops have come under frequent attack from the al-Shabab militant group.

Al-Shabab controls much of southern and central Somalia after a two-year insurgency, and has moved to impose its own strict form of Islamic law in areas under its control.

Last week, Somalia's cabinet voted to make Sharia the basis of Somalia's legal system, in an effort to appease the insurgents.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP