UPDF Contingent Commander in Somalia, Brig Kayanja Muhanga, has ordered counter military operations following an ambush that left scores of Ugandan soldiers killed in Al Shabaab ambush on Sunday.
The ambush occurred at Goryowein along Bulu-maler and Beladamin, as UPDF and Somali forces were conducting a joint patrol in the area.
“The UPDF Contingent commander Brig Kayanja Muhanga, has since been on ground to conduct counter operations,” said UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire.
“From the battlefield, it is now confirmed that UPDF lost 12 gallant soldiers with 07 sustaining injuries,” said Karemire.
“The dead and those injured have been evacuated to Mogadishu Level II Hospital for further management and treatment,” he added.
However, multiple sources said 21 Ugandan soldiers were killed in the deadly attack.
The troops, equivalent of a company plus, were conducting a regular patrol to secure the Mogadishu Barawe Main Supply Route (MSR) which still harbours pockets of Alshabaab insurgents.
ChimpReports understands the affected entity is the 7th Battalion of Battle Group Twenty Two.
They were dispatched from Uganda on July 14 following a send-off ceremony at the Singo-based Peace and Support Training Centre, in Nakaseke District.
Battle Group XX11 serves under the mandate of the African Union.
Karemire said the UPDF office of Chief of Personnel and Administration is “contacting the next of kin of the deceased and injured to inform them of the developments while arrangements are being made to transport deceased comrades to their homes of origin for descent burial.”
Karemire also revealed that “a board of inquiry is being constituted to establish circumstances leading to this fateful incident.”
He said the same board of inquiry will help in “expediting the compensation process by the African Union in respect of the deceased who gave their lives in defence of mother Africa.”