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Museveni, Army Give Conflicting Reports on Number of UPDF Soldiers Killed in al-shabaab Easter Attack

Museveni Puts Death Toll of UPDF Soldiers Killed in al-shabaab Easter Attack to Eight

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Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has put the number of UPDF soldiers from an al-shabaab attack on Amisom base on Easter Sunday morning at eight.

This figure is a contradiction — or rather a revision of four earlier communicated by UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire.

In fact, Karemire had claimed that the six UPDF soldiers injured in the attack were “now stable”.

It is not clear whether Museveni’s figure includes some of the six injured — if they later succumbed to injuries, anyway.

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“One vehicle was detonated and killed eight of our soldiers. May their souls rest in eternal peace. I extend condolences to their families.”

Tweeting on Tuesday, Museveni praised the UPDF soldiers.

“On Easter Sunday our soldiers in Somalia heroically gave serious blows to Al-Shabaab, killing 36 of them and destroying six vehicles full of explosives,” wrote Museveni.

“This was because they were alert.”

He then revealed that eight soldiers had died in the attack.

“Unfortunately, two vehicles of the enemy entered one of the three sites attacked,” explained Museveni.

“One vehicle was detonated and killed eight of our soldiers. May their souls rest in eternal peace. I extend condolences to their families.”

It won’t be the first time Museveni and UPDF are giving conflicting reports on causalities since Uganda went to war-torn Somalia in 2007.

in September 2015, UPDF said it had lost 10 soldiers in al-shabaab  attack on the Amisom base in Janaale district.

But Museveni would later put the figure at 19.

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