Ugandan Troops Killed in Somalia Honoured

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The troops were ambushed during a regular patrol to secure the Mogadishu-Barawe Main Supply Route which still harbors pockets of Alshabaab insurgents. The joint patrol was conducted with Somali National Army soldiers in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia about 140 kilometers south West of Mogadishu.

The UN's Special Representative in Somalia Michael Keating has paid tribute to Ugandan soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), who lost their lives in an ambush on Sunday.

The troops were ambushed during a regular patrol to secure the Mogadishu-Barawe Main Supply Route which still harbors pockets of Alshabaab insurgents. The joint patrol was conducted with Somali National Army soldiers in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia about 140 kilometers south West of Mogadishu. As a result, 12 AMISOM soldiers lost their lives while seven others sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment.

Michael Keating expressed deepest condolences to the families and colleagues of the soldiers, who were killed by Al-Shabaab militants. His message was delivered by UN spokesperson Stephanie Dujarric.
 
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Meanwhile, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira has commended the courage and bravery of AMISOM troops, who were targeted in an IED attack in Goryowein, Lower Shabelle region.

Ambassador Madeira added that the sacrifice and commitment to the cause for peace in Somalia is recognized and most appreciated by every member state of the African Union and will never be in vain.

"The African Union Mission appreciates and honor's the heroes whose lives have been lost while pursuing peace and stability in Somalia. I extend my deepest condolences to the families of our fallen soldiers, the people and government of Uganda," Ambassador Madeira stated.

On Monday, the spokesperson for the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF Brig Richard Karemire said they were launching an investigation to establish circumstances leading to this fateful incident. 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.

'Such incidents that require 'our soldiers' to pay the ultimate price will not deter our resolve to accomplish the mission.' he added.

Uganda remains the biggest contributor to AMISOM with the largest contingent of 6,223 troops. Burundi is the second-largest contributor to AMISOM, with 5,432 troops.