Al Shabaab Parade 'UPDF Soldier'

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Somali terrorist insurgents, the Al Shabaab have today released a video in which a captive believed to be a Ugandan soldier pleads for help.

Somali terrorist insurgents, the Al Shabaab have today released a video in which a captive believed to be a Ugandan soldier pleads for help.

The soldier in the video is believed to be Masassa M.Y, who went missing in September last year after Al Shabaab fighters attacked an African Union base in Janale, about 90 km south of the capital, Mogadishu. 

It is still not clear how many soldiers died during the attack, with the Uganda government officials contradicting themselves on the figure. While some said the number was 10, others quoted 12. 

President Museveni while in Japan shortly after the September 1 attack, said that 19 soldiers were killed and six were missing. The militant group al-Shabab said it had killed 50 Ugandan soldiers.

In the video, the soldier urges President Museveni and his government to set him free from Al shabaab militants.
  
AMISOM Spokesperson Colonel Joe Kibet told  URN that they have seen the soldier in the video who appears to be Ugandan but are awaiting confirmation from the Government of Uganda.He says the video is alarming but for now no decision has been made yet.

Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson has been quoted by Reuters news agency stating that the soldier appears to be Ugandan but could not divulge more details.

The Ugandan army registered the highest death toll ever since the deployment in Somalia in 2007 as part of the African Union Mission.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.