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UGANDA TROOPS KILL 22 AL-SHABAB TERRORISTS IN SOMALIA

KAMPALA-- The Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) says its troops serving with an African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia have killed 22 al-Shabaab terrorists in that Horrn of Africa nation on Sunday.

The Ugandan army deployed in Somalia under the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) killed the terrorists when they attempted to attack bases at Quoroyole, Buulo Mareer, and Golwen in Lower Shabelle Region (Province) of Somalia, said UPDF deputy army spokesperson Colonel Deo Akiiki in a statement.

Four UPDF soldiers were killed and six others sustained minor injuries in the morning battle, the statement said. "Eight of their vehicles, which included two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were destroyed," Akiiki said, adding that rifles, rocket-propelled guns, recoilless guns and sub-machine guns were also captured.

Uganda is one of the countries contributing peacekeepers to AMISOM. Other countries include Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti.

AMISOM was created by the AU Peace and Security Council in 2007 with an initial six-month mandate on a peacekeeping mission. The mandate was extended as terrorists loyal to al-Shabaab continued attacking different countries in the East Africa sub-region, from strong bases in Somalia.

In February, the troop-contributing countries agreed not to pull out of the war-ravaged Horn of Africa state as this would "lead to a reversal of the gains made by AMISOM".

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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