The African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM] has also spoken out on peacekeeping troops ambushed by Somali insurgents Al Shabaab on Sunday.
Amisom confirmed in a social media statement that a joint Somali National Army [SNA], African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM] and UPDF patrol under 7th Battalion of Battle group 22 was ambushed by Al-Shabaab terrorists.
The convoy securing the Beladamini-Bulomarer Main Supply Route (MSR) in Lower Shabelle region came under an IED attack and ambush on Sunday morning, Amisom said.
“A lot of damage was inflicted on the enemy while our troops took fatalities whose number is yet to be ascertained,” the mission explained.
“AMISOM salutes the gallant officers who have made sacrifices to ensure that peace is restored in Somalia.”
The mission added: “Such incidents that require at times our soldiers to pay the ultimate price will not deter our resolve to accomplish the mission.”
UPDF spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, said the troops equivalent of a platoon suffered fatalities but could not ascertain how many died or were injured.
Col. Hassan Mohamed, a senior Somali military officer, told Reuters they had not yet ascertained the number of casualties from the fierce fight.
Ali Nur, the deputy governor of Lower Shabelle region, told Reuters they carried 23 dead AMISOM soldiers and one dead Somali soldier from the scene [bringing the total of the dead to 24 soldiers].
Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, claimed they had killed 39 AU soldiers including their commander.”
Voice of America reports that 10 UPDF soldiers were killed in the ambush.