Al Shabaab militants in Somalia on Sunday killed 12 UPDF soldiers in an ambush on African Union troops in the country’s south.
According to a report by Ugandan News Paper Daily Monitor, the insurgents claimed having killed 39 African Union troops in an ambush in the country’s south.
A Monday statement by Brig Richard Karemire, the UPDF spokesman confirmed that a joint SNA/AMISOM UPDF patrol under 7th Battalion of Battle group twenty two was ambushed by Alshabaab terrorists.
"From the battlefield, it is now confirmed that UPDF lost 12 gallant soldiers with 07 sustaining injuries. The dead and those injured have been evacuated to Mogadishu Level II Hospital for further management and treatment," Brig Richard Karemire told Daily Monitor in the statement.
He adds: "The UPDF office of Chief of Personnel and Administration is contacting the next of kin of the deceased and injured to inform them of the developments while arrangements are being made to transport deceased comrades to their homes of origin for descent burial."
Brig Karemire says a board of inquiry is being constituted 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.
The attack took place at Gorowen between Bulumaler and Beladamini in Lower Shabelle region about 140Kms South West of Mogadishu.