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Shebab release photos attacking unpaid UPDF soldiers


Shebab mortar in action (All Photos Credit: Live from Mogadishu)


Al Shabaab has released pictures of last week’s attack on AMISOM base in Janaale Shabelle region of southern Somalia.

The Tuesday morning attack left 50 dead, according to Al Shabaab and 12 soldiers dead, according to Amisom and UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda.

The released photos show militants raided the base and subjecting it to intense gunfire.

Others show the car bomb exploding in the early hours of the morning.


Captured ammo

Another picture shows militants sitting on a mortar firing explosive projectiles.

The fourth picture shows a pile of captured ammunition which Amisom denied.

The insurgents claim to have taken the base and held it for hours.

Unpaid UPDF soldiers

Meanwhile, a leading Ugandan daily, Daily Monitor, reports that UPDF soldiers in Somalia operations have not been paid salaries for nine months.


Uganda has three Battle Groups in Somalia, including Ugabag 14, 15 and 16.

Ugabag 15, which deployed in Somalia in October last year, has not been paid for five months.

The UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, told the newspaper it was true the soldiers demanded arrears to five months.

Soldiers are paid a mission allowance of $1,028 (about Shs3.7m) every month and government deducts an administration cost of $200 (about Shs730,000), meaning each soldier takes home a net of $828 (about Shs3m).


The European Union (EU) pays allowances for all Amisom peacekeeping troops in Somalia through the African Peace Facility, while the United Nations (UN) pays for logistics, including food, transport and reimburses troop-contributing countries for tear and wear of the military hardware.

In July last year, EU released €750 million ($1 billion or Shs3.3 trillion) to Amisom.

Since 2004, the EU has provided more than €1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) to Somalia peace operations.

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