By Abraham Kizza
President Yoweri Museveni has extended his condolences to the families of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) fallen soldiers who were killed in Al-Shabab attacks on UPDF camps in Somalia on Easter Sunday.
He has also put the death toll of UPDF soldiers to 8.
“Unfortunately, two vehicles of the enemy entered one of the three sites attacked. One vehicle was detonated and killed eight of our soldiers. May their souls rest in eternal peace. I extend condolences to their families,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday.
The President also revealed that UPDF under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) killed 36 Al-Shabab terrorists in the fighting.
“On Easter Sunday our soldiers in Somalia heroically gave serious blows to Al-Shabaab, killing 36 of them and destroying six vehicles full of explosives. This was because they were alert,” he added.
Mr. Museveni congratulated UPDF soldiers for the gallantry they expressed during a confrontation with Al-Shabab terrorists.
“It is gratifying, however, that the bold but adventurous strategy of Al-Shabaab failed. With constant vigilance, victory is assured. I congratulate our soldiers for the good work they did, the death of eight of our soldiers notwithstanding,” he said.
On Sunday, Brig Richard Karemire, UPDF Spokesperson said that the number of terrorists killed during the attack was 30, while UPDF lost four fighters and six more were injured.
Al-shabab terrorists attempted to attack AMISOM Forward Operating Bases at Quoroyole, Buoolomere and Golwen in Lower Shabelle Region of Somalia on Easter Sunday.
However, the AMSOM Forces repulsed the attackers and in the fighting, eight of their vehicles that included two Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosives were destroyed.
Brig Karemire said that several equipment were captured from the terrorists including; 4 PK Rifles, 2 Rocket Propelled Guns, 2 Recoilless Guns, 1 Walkie Talkie and 18 Sub Machine Gun Rifles.