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One Ugandan soldier, civilian killed in ambush in Somalia 

KAMPALA, (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan military on Wednesday clarified that one of its soldiers and a Somali civilian were killed in an ambush in Marka town in Lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia.

Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, Uganda’s deputy military spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone on Wednesday that during the Sunday night ambush, staged by militant group al-Shabaab, 11 militants were also killed in the cross fire exchange.

The soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were on patrol, ahead of Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s visit to the region.

“I can confirm there was an ambush on our troops who were on night patrol in Marka. One soldier died and a civilian also lost life in the cross fire exchange,” Akiiki said.

“We are waiting for the details and name of the deceased soldier from AMISOM so that we inform the next of kin and family,” he added.

Akiiki had earlier said that two soldiers were killed in the ambush.

Uganda contributes some 6,500 soldiers to the 22,000 African Union peacekeeping force deployed to pacify the war-torn Horn of Africa country.

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Two Ugandan peacekeepers killed in ambush in Somalia

KAMPALA,  (Xinhua) -- Two Ugandan peacekeepers were killed and an unknown number injured in a Tuesday ambush in Marka town in Lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia, a military spokesperson said here on Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, Uganda’s deputy military spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone that the two soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were ambushed and killed by militant group al-Shabaab, ahead of Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed’s visit to the region.

“I can confirm there was an ambush on our troops who were on patrol in Marka and we lost two soldiers. We also have some injuries,” Akiiki said.

“We are waiting for the details, names of deceased soldiers and injured from AMISOM so that we inform their next of kin and family,” he added.

Uganda contributes some 6,500 soldiers to the 22,000 African Union peacekeeping force deployed to pacify the war-torn Horn of African country.

             

 

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