Uganda People’s Defence Force [UPDF] Spokesman, Brig Richard Karemire, has confirmed that the Uganda peacekeeping force in Somalia lost 12 gallant soldiers with 07 sustaining injuries.
Al Shabaab militants ambushed a joint SNA/AMISOM troops at Goryowein along Bulu-maler and Beladamin, on Sunday 30 July 2017.
Somalia contingent commander, Brig Kayanja Muhanga, has visited the scene where Al Shabaab militants launched an ambush on Uganda troops of Battle Group XX in Lower Shebelle region to conduct counter operations.
“From the battlefield, it is now confirmed that UPDF lost 12 gallant soldiers with 07 sustaining injuries. The UPDF office of Chief of Personnel and Administration is contacting the next of kin of the deceased and injured to inform them of the developments while arrangements are being made to transport deceased comrades to their homes of origin for descent burial.”Karemire.
Meanwhile, a board of inquiry is being constituted to establish circumstances leading to this fateful incident.
The dead and those injured have been evacuated to Mogadishu Level II Hospital for further management and treatment.