The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has condemned the attack on their soldiers at an African Union Transition Mission (ATMIS) base in Somalia.
UPDF spokesperson Felix Kulayigye, confirmed that a team of UPDF under the leadership of the commander Land Forces Lt. Gen Kayanja Muhanga, has been dispatched to Somalia to “ascertain the circumstances under which the attack happened and devise a way forward”
“UPDF condemns the attack on her gallant soldiers by Al-Shabaab terrorists, nonetheless, this will not deter our commitment to ATMIS mandate to ensuring African peace and stability,” he said in a written statement.
He noted that official communication regarding the matter remained ATMIS’ mandate.
ATMIS confirmed an attack on their Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Buulo Mareer at 5am on Friday 26 May.
The Al-Shabaab militants used Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs) and suicide bombers to attack the base situated 120km South West of Mogadishu in the Lower Shabelle region.
“Fighting between the terrorists and ATMIS soldiers ensued. Reinforcements from ATMIS’ Aviation Unit and allies managed to destroy weapons in possession of the withdrawing Al-Shabaab militant,” read the statement from the mission.
They further said that everything is being done to handle the situation reiterating ATMIS’ commitment to fight against terrorism.
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