Alshabaab have this morning attempted an attack on the UPDF position at Barawe Airport in Somalia.Apr 24th 2020 · 2 min read
Alshabaab have this morning attempted an attack on the UPDF position at Barawe Airport in Somalia.
The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) instead dealt the Alshabaab a bloody nose by blowing the terrorists’ vehicles.
“The forces in ambush successfully blew two enemy vehicles loaded with dangerous explosives, Defence Spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire told SoftPower News on Friday, adding that “No Ugandan soldier was injured in the fight and high alert is being maintained.”
In a recent address to the country about the steps Uganda continues to take against Covid-19, President Museveni and Commander-in-Chief of Uganda’s armed forces commended the UPDF for reaffirming the culture of the Ugandan forces of serving the wananchi (the people) with innovation and dedication.
UPDF support other sectors in Uganda and are currently engaged in the fight against Covid-19, the locusts invasion and marine operations in support of the health, agriculture and energy sectors respectively. The Ugandan forces have, for decades, been engaged in several Pan-African operations on the continent aimed at restoring peace and ensuring regional stability.
Uganda was the first country in Africa to contribute forces to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
On March 6, 2007, Uganda deployed 1,500 troops to a crisis stricken and war ravaged northeastern country of Somalia despite warnings from leaders of the Al-Qaeda linked militant group, Al-shabaab and some clan warlords. They advised Uganda not to send troops unless they wanted the troops dead.
Uganda todate has the biggest contingent of forces in Somalia.
In September last year, political leaders of the ancient port city of Marka in the Southern lower Shebelle Province of Somalia heaped praise on the Ugandan troops for their outstanding role in stabilizing the war ravaged and torn apart country.
Marka District Commissioner, Abdullah Al Ahmed Wafow told Ugandan journalists including SoftPower News’ reporters who had visited the country, that Uganda continues to make a sacrifice for the good of her Somali brothers.
“UPDF are in our hearts and Uganda is our second country. You are responsible for the peace we are beginning to have,’’ he said.
His words were echoed by the Marka City governor, Ibrahim Najah Marka, who said that Ugandans and the people of Somalia are now one people.
“Uganda is our second home and so, Ugandan leaders are our leaders and vice versa. The only difference is the name of the countries but in other things, we are one. I am happy about the Ugandan forces-the UPDF, President Yoweri Museveni and the entire Ugandan population for the support they give to Somalia especially people of the lower Shebelle province.’’
“We have worked with UPDF for more than ten years in this region and so we became friends, brothers and we are one now. They have not only helped in securing Marka by fighting against Al-shabaab, but also support the population by saving their lives through providing them with medical treatment at a free cost,’’ said the Governor.
On his part, Marka MP and former Foreign Affairs Minister, Abdullah Sheikh Ismael who said that he was instrumental in engagements which saw Uganda send peacekeepers to Somalia expressed pleasure with President Museveni’s commitment to stabilizing the region.
“The entire leadership for this area is grateful to the Ugandan Forces and all AMISOM troops because they have protected the civilians, reduced attacks from Al-shabaab and also provide supplies to the communities,’’ explained the legislator.
‘’They have become part and parcel to all of us in Somalia and so, I want to send my sincere appreciation to President Yoweri Museveni and the Ugandan people for committing to bringing forces to secure Somalia,’’ he added.