Unconfirmed numbers of Uganda’s army in Somalia are feared dead following deadly attack.
Report reached Uganda’s capital that Al-Queda linked Jihadist militant Al-Shabab attacked a Ugandan army base in Bulo Mareer about 130kms off Mogadishu.
The attack took place at around 5am on Friday morning getting Ugandan peace keeping troops off guard.
Later on, during the day, the Al-Shabaab Mujahideen Terror Group released photographic images of the attack and a statement claiming they killed about 137 Ugandan army personnel, a number AU mission is yet to refute.
They also released other photos showing captured UPDF personnel in UPDF-ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) FOB at Bulo Mareer. Several weapons were seen in flames.
UPDF Deputy Spokesperson Deo Akiiki confirmed the attack on the army base by some elements of Al Shabab but confirmed that they were waiting for official communication from ATMIS Headquarters.
According to unverified reports Before the attackers overran the base, there was fierce fire exchange between the two and all groups including al-Shabab suffered heavy casualties.
Al-Shabab has proven to be a big threat in the Horn of Africa region and still capable of launching significant attacks on government, commercial and military targets in Somalia and her neighboring countries like Kenya and Uganda with excuse of reprisals for Kampala and Nairobi sending troops to Somalia.
This is the second attack on the same spot. Uganda first deployed troops in Somalia in 2007 under AMISOM.