UNITED NATIONS — As many as 3,000 African Union peacekeepers have been killed in Somalia in recent years in an attempt to end an Islamist insurgency and bring stability to the Horn of Africa nation, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday.

 

“I want to pay tribute to the countries and to their soldiers who paid such an enormously heavy price,'' U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told reporters.