UPDF soldier in Al Shabaab captivity begs Museveni for rescue


Somali terrorist insurgents, the Al Shabaab Wednesday released a video in which a captive believed to be a Ugandan soldier pleads for help.

The soldier in the video is believed to be Masassa M.Y, who went missing in September last year after Al Shabaab fighters attacked an African Union base in Janale, about 90 km south of the capital, Mogadishu.

President Museveni while in Japan shortly after the September 1 attack, said that 19 soldiers were killed and six were missing.

The militant group al-Shabab said it had killed 50 Ugandan soldiers.

In the new video, the seized UPDF soldier Masassa M.Y. urged the President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni and his government to set him free from Al Shabaab militants.

“I’m pleading with you, Mr President, to help so that I’m released from the hands of al-Shabaab,” he begged.

Masassa, now a Prisoner-of-War called on Ugandan opposition politicians to talk to his captors and get him released.

“This is my 12th month in captivity. It has been one year but I’m in good health and I haven’t been killed.”

The army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, told media they were still studying the video and will “take appropriate action”.

UPDF makes the bulk of troops in the African Union Mission in Somalia, who are helping the UN-backed federal government of Somalia in the fight against Al Shabaab fighters.

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