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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

18 Burundian Soldiers Get Mystery Illness In Mogadishu

Nairobi — Six Burundian soldiers are still admitted at a Nairobi hospital with symptoms of an unidentified illness, an African Union official said on Tuesday.

Gaffel Nkolokosa, spokesman for the AU envoy to Somalia, said 12 soldiers have recovered and had travelled back to Burundi.

"The medical team from the African Union and Burundi Government is investigating the cause of the illness in the contingent," said Gaffel Nkolokosa, who declined to speculate on the cause of the illness or what the symptoms were.

According to the African Union Mission for Somalia in Nairobi, the soldiers were evacuated from Mogadishu three weeks ago and brought to Kenya for further treatment after exhibiting similar symptoms.

An official at the Burundi Embassy admitted there were some Burundian soldiers in hospital but declined to comment further on the matter saying he was not authorised to speak to the press.

There are 43,000 [I think he means 4,300-Shimron]-soldiers from Burundi and Uganda in Mogadishu defending key sites and helping government sources fight off regular attacks from hardline insurgents.


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