Uganda People’s Defence Forces contingent in Somalia have this morning captured three towns from Alshabab militias in the Lower Shabelle region.
The UPDF under the command of Brigadier Michael Ondonga the Uganda contingent commander captured the strategic towns of Barrire, Aw dheegle, and Janaale that are situated along river Shabelle in an early morning battle.
Major Henry Obbo the Ugandan Contingent Spokesperson of the African Union Mission in Somalia-AMISOM explains that Al shabaab were using the three strategic towns as spring board to create insecurity on Afgooye-Marka road and to connect to Barawe port.
Barawe port is 200km south west of Mogadishu.
Brig Michael Ondoga the Commander of the Ugandan Contingent says the operation that led to the capture of the three strategic towns puts AMISOM on a better footing to defeat the enemy. He says Alshabab’s main communication and reinforcement route through Toritori has been cut off.
Ondonga says Alshabab militias were using the three towns as crossing points to sneak into AMISOM’s rear positions in Mogadishu City and where they derived their livelihood.
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The number of casualties on both sides is not known but the UPDF claims they captured one Alshaab fighter and inflicted heavy loses on the enemy.
The UN Security Council resolution chapter V11 mandates Uganda contingent in Somalia to conduct peace enforcement operations against hostile forces, using necessary appropriate force.