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2,700 Ugandan troops dead in Somalia: official

Sapa-AP | 2012-10-31 16:32:53.0
The Ugandan contingent of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) prepares to advance towards Baidoa along with the Somali National Army at the recently captured Baledogle airbase in sector one October 17, 2012. Mogadishu, which until last year was engulfed in street battles between al Shabaab militants linked to al Qaeda and African Union soldiers, is now a bustling city where bullet-riddled houses are slowly being repaired and replaced. African Union troops also pushed al Shabaab out of the southern port city of Kismayu October 2, the militants' last major bastion after a five-year revolt, but the Somali government still does not control swathes of the country and the security situation remains fragile.
Image by: HANDOUT / Reuters

The number of African Union troops killed while battling Somali militants has always been a tightly held secret, but a top Kenyan official says more than 2,700 troops have died there.

Richard Onyonka , Kenya's deputy minister of foreign affairs, said on Wednesday at a forum on Somalia that Uganda has lost more than 2,700 troops since 2007. Onyonko said about three dozen Kenyan forces have died there over the last year.

Neither the African Union nor Uganda has ever confirmed its casualty figures, and several officials who work on Somalia said Onyonko's figure sounded high. Two officials told The Associated Press last month that about 500 Ugandan and Burundian troops have died in Somalia since 2007. A Ugandan spokesman did not answer calls for comment.

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