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UPDATE: Army Boss Visits UPDF Soldiers Injured During Al-Shabaab Attack In Somalia

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Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group that has maintained war in Somalia prompting African Union to deploy soldiers sourced from different countries under African Union Mission In Somalia (AMISOM) since 2007 and now African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) which is handing over to the Somalia National Army.

Lt Gen Sam Okiding While checking On The Injured UPDF Soldiers

The terrorists ran over an ATMIS base in Buulo-Mareer town approximately 120km south East of the capital Mogadishu, the over 800 terrorists caught the base unaware on Friday last week leaving many UPDF soldiers dead, several injured and scores taken as Captives. The militants issued a statement and claimed the killed 137 UPDF Soldiers and took several as captives.

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President Museveni issued a statement vowing that the terrorists will regret attacking the UPDF base, he however attributed the attack on poor equipment at the base. Museveni also revealed that his UPDF boys panicked something he says might have enabled the terrorists to destroy the base.

Museveni further says UPDF bosses sent soldiers who were not fit for the frontline in Somalia or they were not prepared for the mission, he also lashed at the Americans and Turkish drones for not swinging in time to save the situation.

The UPDF back in Uganda and the ATMIS headquarters in Somalia all remain tight-lipped on the number of causalities, those injured and also those taken as captives by the militants despite calls by relatives of those in Somalia to know the whereabouts of their sons and daughters in Somalia.

In the evening of yesterday, the ATMIS force Commander Lt Gen Sam Okiding visited the injured soldiers who sustained injuries during the attack and wished them quick recovery. These are receiving treatment at the ATMIs level II hospital in the capital Mogadishu.

Okiding commended the injured soldiers for the bravery they exhibit in fighting the Al-Shabaab militants. He also extended his condolence message to the families and relatives of the UPDF soldiers who died during the attack.

UPDF has since sent sent the Commander Land forces Lt Gen Kayanja Muhanga on a fact finding mission to Somalia to ascertain how the attack happened and any other information regarding the operations of the UPDF in Somalia. It’s been reported that a curfew has been announced in the areas where Al-Shabaab used to run over the UPDF base in what might come out as the biggest in terms of fatalities ever since Uganda deployed in Somalia in 2007.

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