ENTEBBE, UGANDA, The bodies of the 12 Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) soldiers killed while on peacekeeping duty in Somalia on Sunday have been flown back home.
The plane carrying the remains of the 12 fallen soldiers killed in Mogadishu touched down at the military air base in Entebbe, near the Ugandan capital, Kamapala, at 2.35 pm and were received by the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lieutenant-General Wilson Mbasu Mbadi as the UPDF flag was flown at half-mast.
A country in mourning of the gallant soldiers watched on local television as the 12 bodies were placed in awaiting UPDF funeral vans before being driven off to the Bombo Military Hospital, about 60 kilometres away.
Families of the departed soldiers were at the air base to see their fallen loved ones return home. Understandably, most of them couldn't hold back the tears.
The 12 UPDF soldiers, members of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), were killed in an ambush carried out by Al-Shabaab militants.
The militant Islamists claimed that they executed the attack on a joint Somalia Ntional Army-AMISOM UPDF patrol in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, about 140 kilometres southwest of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Meanwhile, UPDF spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire said an inquiry into the incident would examine compensation claims for the victims.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK