Somali based Al Shabaab militants have released a video showing spoils from attack on African Union base which killed 19 UPDF soldiers.
The On September 1, saw the Al-Qaeda-linked militants briefly seize control of an Amisom base in Janaale in lower Somalia after ramming a suicide car bomb into it.
Foreign military sources said over 50 soldiers were killed, Somali military sources said 37, Uganda’s army spokesperson, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, said only 10 Ugandan soldiers had died while President Yoweri Museveni said 19 had been killed.
It was also reported that over 50 soldiers had been captured but Ankunda said no one was missing while Museveni insisted one soldier was missing.
In the video released by Al Shabaab, there is a picture of a soldier who the militants identified as a Ugandan soldier.
According to the video, the Uganda soldier was allegedly captured during the attack on AU base in Jannaale.
It is also said that the Al Shabaab bomber who conducted the deadly car bomb on AU base in Jannaale was ex-Somalia commander reportedly trained by USA.
The bomber, Abdullahi Omar, claims he was trained by US troops in Uganda and Djibouti as commander of Somalia forces before he defected to join insurgents.
In July, over 50 Burundian soldiers were killed in Leego but the mission still never mentioned the exact number of those dead.
Meanwhile, yesterday, a bomb blast damaged an AMISOM vehicle in Mogadishu’s ex-control junction.
The number of casualties is still unknown while the area was cut off by Amisom troops.
AMISOM is a 22,000-strong force backed by the United Nations and is composed of troops from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sierra Leone.