Battle of Deynile

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Battle of Deynile
Part of the War in Somalia (2009–present)
Date 20 October 2011
Location Deynile Neighborhood of Mogadishu, Somalia
Result Indecisive
 Burundi Al-Shabab
Commanders and leaders
Burundi Egdi Hatungimana Abu Omar
Casualties and losses


51 Burundian soldiers killed (official estimate), 63 (residents claim), 76-150 (al-Shabab claim)



According to al-Shabab, Burundian troops began indiscriminately shelling the rebel controlled district of Dayniile, located north of Mogadishu, with mortars and rockets whereby dozens of civilians lost their lives.

The Battle[edit]

Shortly after the shelling stopped, the Burundian army began to move in towards the district of Dayniile. Al-Shabab became aware of the army's movements when they were informed by reconnaissance teams, which gave them enough time to prepare for a possible ground assault. When Burundian troops moved in along their tanks and armored personnel carriers, they fell into an ambush by al-Shabab militants where fighting lasted for six full hours, until the military offensive was repulsed.[1] Residents claimed the bodies of 70 soldiers were taken from the battle and brought into al-Shabab-controlled El-Maan area into the town of Alamada, 18 kilometers (11 miles) outside the capital, where the bodies were on public display to journalists and civilians. One witness recalled counted the bodies of 63 Burundian soldiers, all of whom were dead with bullet shots to the head or shoulders, and brought by trucks from Dayniile. No Somalian soldiers were reported killed during the battle, with all the dead coming from Burundian forces.[2]


In all, during the initial battle al-Shabab claimed they have killed 150 Burundian soldiers but only have the bodies of 76 in their custody, the largest casualty loss for African forces in Somalia. According to the AU the claim was dismissed of the displayed row of dead soldiers bodies claiming to be AU troops, saying al-Shabab was trying to spread propaganda and in reality only 10 Burundian soldiers were killed and two went missing in the battle.[3]


  1. ^ "Al-Shabab claims peacekeepers' killings - Africa". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  2. ^ "Burundi anxious over 51 dead soldiers in Somalia - Yahoo News". 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  3. ^ "BBC News - AU rejects al-Shabab bodies 'stunt' in Somalia". 2011-10-21. Retrieved 2013-10-08.