54 Ugandan soldiers were killed in an al-Shabab attack on a base holding African Union peacekeepers in Somalia, according to Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda.
A week after al-Shabab fighters assaulted the base in Bulamarer, 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, Museveni made his speech on Saturday.
The armed organization asserted that on May 26, it carried out suicide bombing strikes in which 137 soldiers perished.
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have now taken back the base from the terrorist organization with ties to al-Qaeda, according to Museveni’s statement on Saturday.
According to the president, “Our soldiers showed remarkable resilience and reorganized themselves, resulting in the recapture of the base by Tuesday.”
Although Museveni acknowledged last week that there had been losses among Ugandans, he did not provide any additional information regarding the attack on the troops, who are part of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS).
Since 2006, Al-Shabab has fought to establish a new government in Somalia that upholds a strict interpretation of Islamic law.
Following President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s election victory in August of last year, the government launched a sustained attack that has made great progress in undermining the group’s hold over sizable portions of Somalia.
Al-Shabab may still carry out significant strikes on military, commercial, and governmental targets.
As retaliation for Nairobi sending troops to bolster Mogadishu’s rebel resistance, it also occasionally undertakes strikes in neighboring Kenya.