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Uganda investigating killings at army base in Somalia

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Uganda's army is investigating an incident where one of its soldiers serving in Somalia killed his supervisor, and reportedly two other colleagues as well, before turning the gun on himself, local Daily Monitor reports.

The Saturday incident happened at the main base of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).

Uganda army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said that only two soldiers had been killed and investigations will determine the soldier's motive.

“The motive isn’t yet known. We want to know whether he was insane or not,” Brig Karemire told the paper.

The identities of the deceased have not yet been released.

Such incidents among UPDF soldiers are uncommon when on mission outside the country or at home, the paper reports.

Uganda has 5,000 soldiers serving in the 10,000 strong Amisom force whose mandate is to shore up the UN-recognised government as well as conduct offensive operations against militant Islamist group al-Shabab.

Source: BBC



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