Rwanda Grieves With Uganda Over Slain PeacekeepersÂ
Rwanda government has said it stands with Ugandans for the loss of its soldiers killed in an Al-Shabab attack in Somalia on Tuesday.
At least 12 Ugandan soldiers were killed on Tuesday, when Al-Shabab militants attacked African Union military base in Somalia.
Expressing Rwandaâ€™s sympathy for Uganda and the families of those lost in the attack, Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, said on his twitter handle: â€œRwanda Government and people express solidarity and sympathy to Uganda for fallen UPDF soldiers in Somalia! Dying so others can live is noble!â€
The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, AMISOM where Ugandan troops are party to, responded to Ministerâ€™s tweet; â€œAMISOM thanks you for the support!â€
Yesterday, flag-covered coffins of 12 fallen Ugandan soldiers were offloaded from a UN plane at the countryâ€™s Entebbe International Airport.
Al-Shabab, an Islamic terrorist group, had on Tuesday claimed it killed 50 Ugandan soldiers at the base in the farming town of Janale in southern Somalia.
Uganda’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that Ugandan soldiers captured two of the attackers and killed 46 of them.
Since 2007, Uganda, Ethiopia; Djibuti and Kenya are big contributors of troops to war-torn Somalia, under the African Union Mission in the horn of African country.