At least 12 UPDF soldiers were killed in ambush in Somalia on Sunday, Uganda’s Defence Ministry has revealed.
Army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire confirmed the figure in an interview with ChimpReports today Monday.
He further said 7 other UPDF combatants sustained injuries in the attack by Al Shabaab militants.
Karemire said the ambush at Gorowen between Bulumaler and Beladamini in Lower Shabelle region – about 140Kms South West of Mogadishu occurred when Somali and AMISOM UPDF soldiers under 7th Battalion of Battle group twenty two were conducting a joint patrol in the area.
“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,” said Karemire.
“A lot of damage was inflicted on the enemy while our troops took fatalities.”
While Karemire says 12 Uganda soldiers were killed, independent intelligence sources put the figure at 21.
This is the deadliest ambush against UPDF in the war-torn country in recent years.
Multiple military sources said a deeper inquiry into the incident is being conducted.
“We salute the gallant officers and men who have made sacrifices to ensure that peace is restored in Somalia,” said Karemire.
“Such incidents that require at times our soldiers to pay the ultimate price will not deter our resolve to accomplish the mission,” he added.