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PANIC: UPDF Soldiers Among Those In UN Chopper Captured By Al-Shabaab

Al-shabaab the Somalia-based terrorist and militant group captured a United Nations helicopter carrying two Somali men and several foreigners when it made an emergency landing in an area controlled by the Islamist group on Wednesday.

Preliminary reports indicated that the aircraft encountered a defect shortly after taking off from Beledeweyne City in Central Somalia, Major Hassan Ali told Reuters before it landed near Hindhere village which borders Galguduud region.

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Al Shabaab, linked to al Qaeda has been fighting war against the Somali government since 2006 and causing an insurgency in a bid to establish it’s own rule based on a strict interpretation of the Sharia law.

Now the latest information coming from Somalia indicates that Ugandans said to be UPDF soldiers under the African Union Transition Mission In Somalia (ATMIS) were among the 9 passengers on the helicopter captured by Al-Shabaab in the incident of yesterday.

Somali forces continue searching for the passengers of the captured UN Chopper and by day two, there was no indicators that they’ve found them. The incident comes weeks after Maalim Ayman, a senior leader of the Al-Shabaab militant group operating in Somalia and Kenya was killed on 17 December 2023 by a joint military operation between Somali and US forces

Aweis announced the death of Hyman on Friday. “Ayman was accountable for planning multiple lethal terrorist attacks in Somalia and nearby countries”- Aweis said in a statement on social media at the time.

Ayman is responsible for a terrorist attack on US and Kenyan personnel at Kenya’s Manda Bay Airfield on January 5, 2020 US officials say.

Uganda which has been contributing to the peace keeping mission in Somalia since 2007 has had many soldiers killed in ambushes and attacks on bases of UPDF the recent one being On 26th May, 2023 when Al-Shabaab militants attacked an ATMIS military camp in Bulo Marer, Somalia manned by UPDF and killed over 50 and the number of those captured remains unknown.

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