Plane carrying injured AU soldiers land in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU – The African Union military planes carrying 16 wounded Ugandan peacekeepers landed at Mogadishu airport, where ambulances were at the ready to rush the victims to hospital.
The soldiers injured in deadly suicide car bombs and gun attack on Ugandan army base in Bulo-marer town, some 150Km southwest of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
The planes also brought 64 dead bodies of African Union peacekeepers, who were killed in the assault, according to sources.
The Shabaab, a militant group aligned with Al-Qaeda, has claimed to have killed at least 59 Ugandan soldiers, adding that it lost 14 fighters in the raid.
But, Ugandan army spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire said that four Ugandan peacekeepers had been killed and four others injured in the attack.
He told The Associated Press that at least 22 of the attackers were killed and the rest were repelled.
The Shabaab, a militant group aligned with Al-Qaeda said carried out dozens of suicide bombings in its bid to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government.