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Somalia: UPDF Commanders arrested after mistake in Al-Shabaab killing of 54 soldiers

By Executive Editor

President Yoweri Museveni has confirmed arrests of UPDF Commanders for mistakes that led to the killing of 54 soldiers in Somalia following an Al-Shabaab attack on the army base.

“Our soldiers demonstrated remarkable resilience and reorganized themselves, resulting in the recapture of the base. We discovered the lifeless bodies of fifty-four fallen soldiers, including a Commander. These terrorists attempted another ill-fated attack on Baraawe Town, but our forces dealt a significant blow, forcing them to flee. The mistake was made by two commanders, Maj. Oluka and Maj. Obbo, who ordered the soldiers to retreat. They have been apprehended and will face charges in the Court Martial,” the President said in a statement Saturday.

He also revealed that the UPDF managed to successfully recapture the Buulo Mareer Base from the Al-Shabaab.

During that operation, he said the UPDF discovered the lifeless bodies of 54 fallen soldiers, including Lt Col Edward Nyororo, the commander.

“Two UPDF officers were arrested in relation to this attack,” the President added.

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