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JUST IN: UPDF Releases Statement On Al-Shabaab Attack On Its Soldiers In Somalia

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Yesterday the terrorist group Al-Shabaab ran over an African Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) base in Buulo Mareer which is located 120km south west of Mogadishu using Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices and suicide bombers.

The sad news is that this base located in the lower Shabelle region is manned by Uganda People’s Defense forces (UPDF). The army back in Uganda indeed acknowledged the attack at said it’s in touch with ATMIs headquarters for more details.

The army has now a statement regarding the attack and has condemned the attack and said this won’t deter it’s commitment to ATMIS mandate of ensuring African peace and stability.

“UPDF condemns the attack on her gallant soldiers by Al-Shabaab terrorists, none the less, this will not deter our commitment to ATMIS mandate of ensuring African Peace and stability”- reads part of the UPDF statement

The army further says that a team under the leadership of the Land forces commander lt Gen Kayanja Muhanja has been sent to Somalia on a fact finding mission to ascertain the circumstances under which the attack happened.

Meanwhile, Ugandans who have their sons and daughters serving under UPDF in Somalia are in panic and awaiting to know if their relatives are safe but we believe the force is still collecting information and the right answers for those waiting to know.

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The terrorists yesterday released information that they captured and injured several soldiers and killed some, they said 137 but we can not verify this until the UPDF and ATMIS comes up with the official and verified number of causalities.

Al-Shabaab have also released photos of UPDF soldiers under their captivity but we couldn’t publish them here.

The militants have attacked and killed Ugandan soldiers in previous attacks the most recent one being in 2015 in Janaale in the south eastern lower Shabelle region of Somalia, about 90 kilometers from the capital Mogadishu.

Uganda over the years has sent soldiers to fight in peace keeping missions in South Sudan, DR Congo, Central African Republic and soon sending troops in Mozambique to fight terrorists.

 

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