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Addis Ababa - The African Union (AU) on Friday endorsed a move to boost its Somalia force by 35 percent to step up its fight against Al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels.
The AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will be boosted by 6 235 troops, taking the total number to 23 966, the AU's Peace and Security Council said in a statement. The request must be approved by the UN Security Council before fresh forces are deployed.
The decision comes in the wake of last month's deadly attack in a Nairobi shopping centre which was claimed by al-Shabaab.