The African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) has rubbished reports 39 of its soldiers were killed in an Al-Shabaab ambush Sunday morning in Bulamareer district in the Lower Shabelle region.
Amisom spokesman Joe Kibet told Goobjoog News the information appearing in the section of the media quoting Al-Shabaab were false and that none of the soldiers was killed.
“I have seen reports in the media quoting Al-Shabaab that 39 soldiers were killed. In the first place the convoy was only a platoon which comprises of less than 39 soldiers. Indeed there was an attack this morning and two soldiers were injured,” Kibet said.
The spokesman confirmed the attack noting the convoy hit an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) followed by an ambush by Al-Shabaab fighters. He added that all the soldiers were safe and accounted for.
“We have spoken to our commanders in the Lower Shabelle region and they have confirmed all the soldiers are okay. The other two are receiving treatment.”
Reuters reported earlier Amisom had lost 39 soldiers quoting Al-Shabaab spokesperson.
Ugandan forces serve in Sector 1 which comprises of Banadir (Mogadishu), Middle and Lower Shabelle regions.