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'46 Ugandan soldiers killed in Somalia'

The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) has lost four of its soldiers during an Easter holiday double attack by the al-shabaab militia in Somalia.

According to UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire, the officers serving as part of the African Mission in Somalia (Amisom) were killed during a double attack on an Amisom military base in Buula Mareer and Golwen in Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. 

President Museveni addressing Ugandan troops in Somalia recently 

In retaliation, according to UPDF officials, Amison killed over 30 al-shabaab terrorists and eight of their vehicles that included two vehicle born improvised explosives were destroyed. 

Four PK rifles, two rocket propelled guns, two recoiless guns, one walkie-talkie and 18 sub machine guns were also recovered during the scuffle that ensued.

Six UPDF soldiers sustained minor injuries, according to Karemire. However, al-shabaab spokesman Abdul Aziz Abu Musab claims they killed "dozens of Ugandan soldiers." He said the group lost 14 of its fighters during the attack.

The Guardian quotes Abdi Nur Hashi, a Somali military colonel stationed near the Ugandan base as saying that up to 46 soldiers were killed. 
 
“Most of them were friends. We used to share food and drinks together in their base,” he said. “We tried to help our Ugandan friends but there was also a suicide car which attacked our base. Many of the [Ugandan] soldiers died due to lack of emergency evacuation because the terrorists blocked the road,” he said.
 
The militants also attacked civilians and razed down buildings. 
 
Last year, UPDF lost 12 soldiers in an another al-shabaab attack, which the terrorists claimed had more casualties than the official figures released by government. UPDF remains the biggest troop contributing force to the 22,00 regional peace keeping force in Somalia.  

Several militant groups still control parts of Somalia. The Amisom forces are expected to hand over security to Somali troops by 2020.

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0 #11 Akot 2018-04-02 19:15
Quoting Voodoo Ray:


I pray these 'crime preventers' are shipped out soon to replace the dead.


Understood, but,

That won't change the situation for Ugandans in the country because museveni will still be their chief tribal leader to whom all must pay allegiance-respect...as the only ruler of the country!
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+5 #12 Lysol 2018-04-02 20:28
Somali is the only last game Museveni has got left to play the Western Powers, in order to survive both financially and politically.

Time is running out for him and soon they will drop him like a hot potato.
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0 #13 Yekoz 2018-04-02 21:31
So, your Semujju-Nganda is preparing to slaughter 46 chicken?
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-1 #14 gwok 2018-04-02 23:11
Quoting Voodoo Ray:
May the dead lie in peace, in the meantime lets send in our 11 million 'crime preventers' to do just that, since they're now UPDF reserve force.

For my own morbid curiosity I'd like to see how these 'crime preventers' fair, harassing,beating &torturing unarmed Ugandans vs fighting hardcore, suicidal maniacs in a combat situation.

I pray these 'crime preventers' are shipped out soon to replace the dead.

It is not my prayer that the CPs get shipped out and disposed off carelessly in that way. They are our boys too.
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0 #15 denis 2018-04-03 02:25
sorry for us as a country, for those lads and ladies who perished for others' well being, God will reward them, however the war on al shabab is not war of guns but war on bad ideology the guns are just used to enforce such weird ideologies.

therefore it needs a broader approach like slowly addressing the socio economic problems of the local Somali which would slowly make him have trust in the existing system as capable of ending hopelessness about life.

but as you know with the African leadership which is parochially very passive and lacks rapid and positive connection to the immediate problem of the common man save for a few elite pro-government allies.

therefore Somalia will take decades and generations to normalize but the good news is that the time will come but for Amisom the struggle continues.
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+1 #16 Odongkara 2018-04-03 11:45
Quoting Odongo Richard Otim:
Those terrorists are human beings and Somali Citizens.

If they don't want Uganda Soldiers in their affairs let them come to dialogues and iron out their issues than making our children to die worthlessly and bringing the burdens to their families by leaving orphans,widows and aged ones alone.


Of course the Somalis never asked for Uganda to get into their affairs and so want them out, there is nothing to negotiate about.

Instead ask the person who took Uganda children to Somalia to return them without any negotiations.

The greed for fame, power, control and money are the factors killing Uganda children in Somalia, South Sudan etc.
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0 #17 Odongkara 2018-04-03 11:55
Quoting Yekoz:
So, your Semujju-Nganda is preparing to slaughter 46 chicken?


Why should Semujju celebrate the death of a human being? Semujju is an upright politician and upright politics don't rejoice in the death of an opponent.

Even if Museveni were to die today, Semujju wouldn't slaughter a chicken in celebration. Please know that these Ugandans dying in Somalia are the result of bad politics and has nothing to do with Semujju that their deaths should prompt him into wild celebrations and slaughter 46 chickens.

I am sorry for the way you view issues.
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0 #18 Lakwena 2018-04-03 17:06
Quoting Odongkara:
It is a known fact worldwide that the army will never disclose the actual number of soldiers their side has lost in battle and this is done for strategic military and security reasons.

It will always give estimates of lower numbers for their side and higher definite numbers for the enemy side.

Trust no side but hold to the fact that human lives have been lost regardless of which side.


In other words, war propaganda. No wonder the caskets are so huge, with contents of more than three bodies.

Otherwise how can less than 50 enemies dead be over 30 and our side of the dead, be "about four (4).

Woe unto war mongers!
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-1 #19 rubangakene 2018-04-03 18:32
"Hii ni kazi bure tu!" Bring back home our boys to protect their own citizens from the 'marauding foreigners'.

Let them come and develop agriculture and repair roads.
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