UPDF confirms foiled Al-Shabaab assault

The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) headquarters in Kampala has confirmed that al-Shabaab militants have been repulsed just a few days in the past in an tried assault on their contingent in Somalia. However, they dismissed tales that 12 troopers have been killed as rumours.

According to VOA information, twin bombs went off in Lower Shabelle on Wednesday, leaving greater than 20 folks, together with the area’s capital mayor, Abdullahi Ali Wafow, useless alongside together with his adviser and 11 different officers.

The media reported that the primary explosion focused officers within the city of Merca, which is the capital of the Lower Shabelle area. This is the explosion that killed Merca Mayor Wafow.

Since the blast, there have been studies that 12 troopers connected to the Ugandan contingent have been killed whereas others survived with accidents and have since been flown to the Kenyan capital Nairobi for specialised care and remedy.

UPDF spokesperson Brigadier General Felix Kulayigye dismissed the data as false. He stated all Ugandan troopers in Somalia are secure and no casualties have been recorded consequently of the newest blasts, though an try and hurt the contingent was thwarted.

“No, no, that’s not true. But if you stick to today, but early in the week, none. Yes, there were attempts on our defenses, but they were all repulsed,” says Brig Gen Kulayigye.

The UPDF has been in Somalia since 2007 underneath the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) programme, which was supported by UN Security Council everlasting states equivalent to the US, China, Russia, France and the UK.

However, the UPDF and different international locations have been alleged to withdraw their forces from Somalia in March this yr following the top of the AMISOM programme. This was after funding by the UN Security Council everlasting international locations concluded, based mostly on examination of the scenario on the bottom and Somali nationals, that the overseas forces had outlived their usefulness.

But in a twist, Uganda and different international locations which have forces equivalent to Kenya and Burundi stated they’re staying in Somalia underneath the brand new association referred to as the African Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS).

But ever since overseas forces determined to remain in Somalia, there have been a number of profitable and foiled assaults on ATMIS bases. The largest profitable assault on ATMIS forces was in May, when greater than 30 troopers have been killed and 20 left badly injured.

The Burundian authorities, in response to the assaults on 3 May 2022, confirmed that solely 10 of its troopers had been killed. President Evariste Ndayishimwe condemned the assault on the Burundian contingent, saying: “Unite with all of Africa who have just lost sons and daughters.”

During Wednesday’s blasts, one other bomb went off at a busy livestock market within the city of Afgoye. In all these incidents, al-Shabaab militants have posted movies claiming duty. The huge killing of Burundian forces on 3 May was described by Al-Shabaab as ‘martyrdom operations’.

ATMIS has been in a four-month coaching by the Somali National Army (SNA), which ended on the twenty second of this month. The coaching, which was performed with the assistance of the United Kingdom Mission Support Team (UKMIST), targeted on explosives and hazards administration, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) evaluation and mitigation.

There have been issues that the SNA has misplaced floor to Al-Shabaab, a motive why they’ve efficiently planted IEDs on key provide routes, resulting in civilian casualties and disrupting the motion of individuals and items.

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