MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni said peacekeepers from the country who had killed civilians in south Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region last week “were angry because they had been ambushed” by fighters of the Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabaab.
Speaking more than a week after the incident, which the families of those killed by the Ugandan peacekeepers called a “massacre”, Museveni said “a group of our soldiers went and killed some people”, adding that “they were angry because they had been ambushed”.
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“Yes, that is war, you should know that you can be ambushed in war,” he added. “You only kill people when you are fighting but to go after that and kill people because you are annoyed; that is bankrupt.”
Ugandan president noted that “all of those soldiers have been arrested and they are going to be charged”, a week after the “harrowing attack” sparked protests in the capital Mogadishu staged by families and relatives of civilians killed by Ugandan troops near the town of Golwayn in the Lower Shabelle region.
#Uganda’s president Yuweri Museveni has for the first time admitted that his country’s peacekeepers in #Somalia killed 7 civilians, adding that “a group of our soldiers went and killed some people because they were angry”. pic.twitter.com/FsgFrmHCeY
— Somaliguardian (@SomaliGuardian) August 19, 2021
Some of the protesters called for withdrawal of African Union peacekeepers while others said they would take up arms to defend themselves from AMISOM troops’ repeated attacks on civilians, saying that civilian deaths due to similar raids have become a commonplace in the Lower Shabelle region.
AMISOM troops killed 7 people, most of them farmers, last week after they had taken them from a farm outside the town of Golwayn and detonated their bodies with a landmine, in what locals and relatives of the victims described as “a bizarre type of massacre” and only human flesh has been later collected from the scene.
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