The Ugandan army has confirmed it lost 12 soldiers during the Sunday Alshaabab bombing that ripped through Bulamareer district in Lower Shabelle region about 140 km southwest of Mogadishu.
Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire in a statement released Monday morning said UPDF Contingent commander Brig Kayanja Muhanga, has since been on ground to conduct counter operations following the attacks.
“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 Karemire said in a statement.
The army spokesperson also said 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.
He added that 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 defense of mother Africa,” He noted.
Meanwhile the Alshaabab has since claimed the responsibility of the Sunday attack.