Two Ugandan Soldiers Killed by Militia in Somalia
Two Ugandan soldiers working with the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia known as AMISON were killed and three others injured during recent clashes with Islamist insurgents in the northern part of the capital, Mogadishu. “We lost two soldiers and three others were injured during clashes with the violent elements in Mogadishu at the beginning of this month,” Maj. Barigye Ba-Hoku, the mission spokesperson said yesterday. In a separate attack, 26 civilians were killed during Thursday’s fighting and five others on Friday in sporadic fire exchanges.
In a press conference in the bullet riddled capital, the spokesman said that “The soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice of their life for ensuring peace and stability in Somalia. We are very proud of them”.
After the Kampala attacks, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni vowed to eliminate Al-Shabab, saying the AU would send 20,000 troops to Somalia – up from the current force of 5,000. Only Uganda and Burundi have contributed troops to the AU force so far. Other countries have failed to deliver on promises to send peacekeepers to Somalia, which has been in a state of anarchy for two decades.
The UN has agreed in principle to take over the mission but has not yet set a date. Somalia has been without a functioning government for close to two decades and has degenerated into total lawlessness with armed militias and pirates causing havoc in the region.
News Report By Abdulaziz Billow
Abdulaziz Billow is AfrobeatRadio’s correspondent for East Africa.