Horn Dispatch Weekly Security Brief 7.9.24

Ugandan soldiers in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Photo Credit: Xinhua)

Ugandan Military Officer Killed in Somalia 

Uganda military says one of its soldiers serving in Somalia was killed and six others injured when their convoy hit a roadside bomb.

The East African nation, which is among the countries part of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (Atmis), blamed the death and injuries on the militant group al-Shabab. 

A spokesman for the Ugandan troops, Ibrahim Kasule Sekitto, said Major Patrick Opio Awany was killed by the explosion in the village of Ceel-Werigow, some 70 km southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday.   

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack and the group has vowed to go with the fight until the African Union troops leave the country. 

IED Attack on ATMIS-SNAF Convoy 

A joint ATMIS – UPDF and SNAF logistics convoy was hit by a Command Wire Improvised Explosive Device (CWIED) yesterday along the Mogadishu-Buffow-Barawe route.

The attack claimed two lives and injured personnel from both ATMIS and SNAF. All casualties have been evacuated to medical facilities.

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and pray for a quick recovery of the injured.

This incident strengthens our resolve to support peace and security efforts in Somalia.

News round up

Al-Shabab says its fighters attacked the Ethiopian military base in the Halgan area, in the Hiran region.Residents reported hearing heavy gunfire from both sides, but the extent of the damage caused by the attack is unknown.

Al-Shabaab attacked a military base on the outskirts of Baidoa in the GoofGaduud Burey area. In the Wajid district of the Bakol region, Al-Shabaab attacked another military base. According to Al-Shabaab, they wounded two government soldiers, overran the camp, and burned all the logistics and weapons there.

In a separate incident, Al-Shabaab ambushed a Kenyan army convoy between Kamboni and Sariraha. The group claimed they killed three soldiers and injured eight more.

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