FDC wants UPDF out of Somalia following Alshabaab attack

By Damali Mukhaye

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change president Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu has asked the government to withdraw UPDF officers from Somalia after yesterdays’ ambush.

12 UPDF soldiers have been confirmed dead following an attack by Alshabab militants last evening while seven others have sustained severe injuries.

Addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Najjanakumbi, Mugisha Muntu said that since Uganda’s soldiers have pacified Somalia for a very long time, other African countries should also send their troops to the war torn country to relieve the UPDF.

According to the UPDF Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire, the dead and those injured have been evacuated to Mogadishu Level II Hospital for further management and treatment.

The army says the joint SNA/AMISOM UPDF patrol under 7th Battalion of Battle group twenty two was ambushed by Alshabaab terrorists, in Lower Shabelle region about 140Kms South West of Mogadishu.

The troops were conducting a regular patrol to secure the Mogadishu Barawe Main Supply Route (MSR) which still harbours pockets of Alshabaab insurgents.