Uganda deploys over 1,800 troops to Somalia

Uganda has sent fresh troops to serve in the African Union the peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

1,822 soldiers will replace an equal number deployed in that country for the past year.

The soldiers were flagged off this week, and will make part of the over twenty thousand soldiers based in Somalia under AMISOM.

The troops will be based in Arabisca, about thirty kilometres outside tha capital Mogadishu.

Before their deployment, they underwent six-month’s training in basic combat.

Uganda is the largest contributor to the mission, with more than 6,000 troops.

AMISOM peacekeeping mission in the Horn of African nation continues to be threatened by al-Shabaab terrorists. Early this month, Uganda’s army reported eight UPDF soldiers had been killed and six injured in an attack in lower Shabelle.

There have however been significant gains made with building the capacity of a Somali security forces one of the top priorities.