Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) is one of the leading armies in Africa helping keep peace in different countries but now Somalia’s Al Shabaab insurgents and troops from the African Union peace keeping mission clashed with UPDF on Sunday, and 39 soldiers were killed.
The incident took place in Bulamareer district in Lower Shabelle region about 140 km southwest of Mogadishu.
The Al Shabaab fighters ambushed a convoy carrying troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Col. Hassan Mohamed, told Reuters.
“The ambush turned into a fierce fight between al Shabaab and AMISOM. We understand fighting is still going on but we do not have the figure of casualties,” he revealed.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman also came out and said:
“We have in hand 39 dead bodies of AU soldiers including their commander.”
A military source said the attacked soldiers are from the Uganda People’s Defence Force [UPDF] contingent.
It should also be remembered that Al Shabaab, which wants to force out the peacekeepers, out the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia, has targeted the peacekeepers in the past.