UPDF soldiers shoot each other in Somalia

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Lt. Gen. Nakibus Lakara, the Deputy Force Commander in charge of operations and plans

A report coming in from the Horn of Africa nation indicates the soldiers from the Ugandan national army, Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] shoot and killed each other.

The four service men killed each other at Mogadishu Base Camp in Somali’s capital on Friday.

UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said the army was still investigating the incident.

Karemire did not release details of the incident but it is reported the soldier shot each other after a brief argument.

The incident came days after a contingent that served in Somalia between 2017 and 2018 have finally received their allowances.

The soldiers were attached to the United Nations Guard Unit [UNGU].

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The newly deployed military officers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were tasked to support the implementation of the Concept of Operations (CONOPS), which provides strategic direction and conduct of AMISOM operations to degrade Al-Shabaab.

This was said by Simon Mulongo, the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, on Wednesday when he addressed newly deployed staff officers attached to the AMISOM Force Headquarters in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The 15 officers from Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, and Zambia who completed the five-day mandatory induction training, will serve in the various AMISOM units, some of which include civil-military coordination, training, as well as operations and plans.

Earlier, Lt. Gen. Nakibus Lakara, the Deputy Force Commander in charge of operations and plans said the training would enable the officers to support the delivery of the AMISOM mandate.

“This training is about our mandate as AMISOM, and the role that you should play as staff officers is to implement them,” said Gen. Lakara.

Colonel Evans Simukoko, the new AMISOM Chief of the Joint Intelligence Centre said following the training, he was better-informed about AMISOM operations.

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