It has been confirmed that a Ugandan soldier was killed in an attack on an African Union peacekeeping contingent on Wednesday this week.
Somali news sources reported several days ago of a roadside attack on members of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The attack in Mogadishu killed one peacekeeper and injured three others.
In a statement to the press today, the President of the UN Security Council condemned all attacks against AMISOM. He expressed condolences to the Government and people of Uganda for the death of a soldier on Wednesday.
The identities of the dead and wounded peacekeepers have not been released. As in the past, the Uganda People's Defense Forces has refused to release the names of those killed in the peacekeeping mission to the press.
The statement from the UN Security Council, which Uganda is serving on, welcomes the positive political developments and progress made in Somalia, particularly with the establishment of an inclusive Parliament and the election of President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
On Thursday this week, Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden urged Somali militants to topple Sheikh Ahmed. In a video posted on Islamist website Bin Laden accused the new Somali president of apostasy and directed for his attack.
The Somali government has responded by calling on Uganda and Burundi to send three additional battalions of troops to Somalia urgently.