Ugandan military convoy targeted in Somalia, killing one soldier

A Ugandan military officer was killed and six others injured in a roadside bomb attack on Sunday, according to Ugandan military officials. 

The incident occurred near the village of Ceel-Werigow, roughly 70 kilometers southwest of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

The deceased officer, Major Patrick Opio Awany, was leading a convoy traveling from Mogadishu to Ceeljale in the Lower Shabelle region when the explosion ripped through their vehicle. 

Ugandan military spokesman Ibrahim Kasule Sekitto attributed the attack to the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.

“This attack won’t deter us,” Sekitto declared. 

“It will instead stiffen our resolve to continue supporting peace efforts in Somalia.”

Uganda contributes approximately 5,000 troops to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), a peacekeeping force established to bolster Somalia’s central government against al-Shabaab’s insurgency.

Al-Shabaab, a group adhering to a strict interpretation of Islamic law, has been engaged in a protracted conflict with the Somali government for over a decade. 

The group aims to overthrow the central authority and establish its own rule across Somalia. 

This latest attack highlights the ongoing security challenges faced by both Somali forces and the international peacekeeping mission in the region.

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