Seven Djibouti soldiers are killed by armed assailants

Nairobi: A presidential adviser reported on Saturday that seven Djiboutian soldiers had died in clashes between the army and an armed opposition group.

Djibouti, which has one of East Africa's largest ports as well as US and Chinese military installations, has experienced sporadic violence, which is typically brought on by demonstrations against President Ismail Omar Guelleh's administration.

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According to Alexis Mohammed, a Guelleh adviser, the Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy was responsible for the most recent attack in the nation's north on Thursday night.

The ethnic Afari group FRUD, represented by a spokesperson, denied any involvement in the attack and laid the blame on a splinter group.

FRUD, which was established in 1991, split into two groups in 1994, one of which refused to sign the peace agreement.

On Thursday night, attackers struck an army post in the Tadjourah region's Garabtissan neighbourhood, killing one person and injuring a number of others, according to Mohammed.

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He declared, "The barbaric act committed... by a terrorist group against our army deployed in the country's north will not go unpunished."

The violence, according to FRUD Spokesperson Ibrahim Hamabou Hassan, was "unjustifiable," and it was committed by an armed splinter group led by former military personnel.

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According to Mohammed, the last attack by FRUD resulted in the death of one policeman in January 2021.

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