Uganda probes Al-Shabaab complex attack on its troops in Somalia

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The African Union said the uniforms were taken from its army camps [File: AP]

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Ugandan military says it is investigating an attack on an African Union military base manned by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in Bulo Marer town in Somalia on Friday morning.

UPDF spokesperson Felix Kulayigye told Nation Africa that the attack was carried out by “foreign insurgents” without giving further details.

He said they were “cross-checking the information” with the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) headquarters before issuing a statement.

"This morning, ATMIS FOB in Bulo Marer came under an Al-Shabab attack. ATMIS forces are currently assessing the security situation. More information will be issued later," said the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia [ATMIS].

Reports indicate the attackers, suspected to be Al-Shabaab militants, attempted to storm the base located some 110 kilometers south of Mogadishu before a series of explosions rent the air.

A local resident confirmed to Garowe Online that Al-Shabaab militants were in control of the town after overrunning the ATMIS base. The details of the casualties still remain unclear.

Source: GO + Nation Africa

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