UPDF peacekeepers killed in Al-Shabaab ambush
Somali-based al-Shabaab militants yesterday ambushed and killed Ugandan soldiers serving on the African Union peacekeeping force in south-west of Mogadishu.
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) say they are yet to establish the number of casualties as the militants claimed they had killed 39 Ugandan soldiers serving under Amisom.
Brigadier Richard Karemire, UPDF spokesperson says al Shabaab fighters attacked a joint African Union force comprising of the Somali National Army and the UPDF. He says the troops were on patrol under the 7th Battalion of Battle Group 22.
The incident took place at Gorowen between Bulumaler and Beladamini in Lower Shabelle region about 140Kms South West of Mogadishu.
According to the UPDF, the troops were conducting a regular patrol to secure the Mogadishu Barawe Main Supply Route (MSR) which still harbours pockets of Alshabaab insurgents.