The AMISOM base at Janaale, Lower Shabelle Region in Somalia came under attack from Al-Shabaab militants today.
The militants used a car loaded with explosives to trigger the attack and to facilitate their forced entry into the camp after which they engaged our soldiers in a gun-battle.
“Although our troops undertook a tactical withdrawal following the initial vehicle borne explosive attack, they have since consolidated and regained full control of the base,” reads a statement released by Lt Col Paul Njuguna, AMISOM Spokesperson.
Njuguna says because of the complex nature of the attack, AMISOM is currently verifying the number of casualties and extent of the damage.
The Special Representative of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, AmbassadorMaman Sidikou has condemned the attack as reprehensible and praised the heroism of the peacekeepers who were killed during this attack noting that they have paid a worthy price while serving the people of Somalia.
“Ambassador Sidikou commiserates with the government and people of Uganda on the losses suffered during this heinous attack.”
An earlier report which AMISOM dismissed as untrue claimed the killing of 50 Ugandan soldiers before another parallel report hiked the number to 80 soldiers.