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Uganda wants support against al-Shabab as soldiers’remains arrive
The government of Uganda has today afternoon received the bodies of four Ugandan Peace-keepers who were killed by Al Shabab militants in Somalia on Monday.
Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) senior officers as well as government officials were at the Entebbe airport to received the mortal remains of the fallen soldiers.
The Ugandan soldiers were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu when the rebels fired mortars at the presidential palace during the fighting between the African Union Peacekeeping Force and the Al Shabaab rebels.
Eight other UPDF soldiers who were injured were flown to Nairobi for medical treatment. The fighting reportedly left over 100 Somalis dead and more than 200 injured.
The Uganda army commander for ground forces, Major General Katumba Wamala, who was the chief guest at the ceremony said the soldiers were killed while not only serving the Ugandan government but Africa and the world at large.
"Such killings will not stop us from keeping peace in Somalia. We urge other African states and states from all over the world to come out and send troops to Somalia to secure peace," the army commander said.
So far, over 20 Ugandan soldiers have been killed in Somalia by Somali militants since they were deployed to the stateless Horn of Africa country.