Four Ugandan service members were killed at a military base in Somalia’s Capital Mogadishu on Friday, following a mysterious shootout.
Uganda’s Defence Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire confirmed the shooting when contacted by ChimpReports on Saturday night.
He said the “shooting took place at Mogadishu Base Camp” – a sprawling complex where hundreds of AMISOM soldiers are stationed.
The killings appear to be the single deadliest episode of soldier-on-soldier violence among Ugandan forces since the East African country deployed combatants in the war-torn country in 2007.
A reliable source source says the Ugandan soldiers had a brief argument before opening fire at each other.
“It was a bizarre incident that is being investigated,” said Brig Karemire.
Asked to share preliminary findings, Brig Karemire responded: “None to share at this moment.”
ChimpReports understands the matter was being treated as a top military secret to allow investigators compile compressive notes on the cause of this shocking incident.
Cases of soldiers shooting each other are rare in UPDF.
Combatants sent to Somalia undergo intense and specialized pre-deployment training.
The names of the deceased soldiers have not yet been released pending notification of their relatives.
It was not known why the shooters had loaded weapons.
The base is heavily fortified with blast walls and razor wire.