By Spy Uganda
The UPDF combined armed infantry and Motorized Units have recaptured Buulo Mareer town and the surrounding villages from Al-Shabaab terror group, TheSpy Uganda has learnt.
According to Brig Gen Peter Gaetano Omola, the sector one commander overseeing the operation at Goloweyn tactical base, the rescue combat force met resistance from Al-Shabaab sniper fire positioned in storey buildings and other pockets of resistance from fleeing remnants.
“Somali civilians who had abandoned the area due to the fire fight are now back to reoccupy their homes,” says Brig Gen Omola.
He adds that after thorough combing of the area, there is normalcy, civilians and travelers are now free to carry on with their normal duties.
“We have combed the area to ensure no Al-Shabaab element is hiding and the road has been cleared of bombs. Normalcy has returned. People can now go on with their daily work.” Brig Gen Omola reassured, adding, “As UPDF serving under African Union Transition Mission in Somalia remain committed to supporting a Somali led peace and stability process as mandated by African Union.”
On 26th May 2023, Al-Shabaab using three vehicles laden with bombs and over 800 fighters attacked Uganda’s military base in Buulo Mareer where they reportedly killed over 130 soldiers leaving others nursing wounds.