UPDF seizes Somali town from Shebab


UPDF Amisom commanders

Somali National Army [SNA] and AMISOM troops on Monday liberated Xarshaleg town, 20kms along Baraawe – Kismayo road in Lower Shabelle region.

The mission said Xarshaleg was under Al Shabaab’s tyrannical grip for a long time.

From here, they have been extorting money through illegal roadblocks in a desperate effort to raise funds.

“They also planned and conducted attacks on SNA and AMISOM troops from the area,” Amisom said in a statement.

“SNA & AMISOM troops shall relentlessly pursue Al Shabaab terrorists who have been killing & exploiting innocent civilians in the region.”

Capt. Flavia Terimulungi, the UPDF contingent spokesperson, said in a statement Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) contingent also liberated Aysoora town in an operation code-named ‘Fagia Adui’ which means ‘sweep the enemy’ in Kiswahili.

Al-Shabaab also used Aysoora as a base to carry out attacks on Baraawe district.

Uganda has at least 6,600 troops in Somalia comprising of three battle groups and a United Nation Guard Unit.

On September 1, 2015, Al Shabaab attacked Janaale camp in lower Shabelle region killing at least 19 UPDF soldiers and taking one hostage.

The attack saw UPDF fire top commanders who were accused of neglecting their duties.

Last month, the AMISOM Ugandan Battle Group XIV commander Col. Frank Kyambadde handed over command to his incoming counterpart Col. Bob Ogik, upon completion of his tour of duty.

Col. Kyambadde’s area of command included the key port city of Barawe, which was captured from Al Shabaab in October last year.

The AMISOM Ugandan Contingent Commander Brig Gen Sam Kavuma commended the outgoing commander for his exemplary work and contribution to the peace cause in Somalia.

He challenged the incoming to consolidate the gains made so far.

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