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UPDF officer shoots his boss dead in Somalia, army leadership speaks out

Brig. Richard Karemire has confirmed the shooting incident in Somalia. (PHOTO/FILE)

MOGADISHU – The army leadership is investigating the circumstances under which one of its soldiers deployed in Mogadishu, Somalia, shot his administration officer dead before killing himself.

This website learnt that the soldier who ran amok was irked by the supervisor, and that four soldiers in total died in the weekend shooting incident.

The UPDF spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, however, said only two soldiers perished and investigators are working to establish the motive of the errant soldier.

“The motive isn’t yet known. We want to know whether he was insane or not,” Brig. Karemire told PML Daily in a telephone conversation.

The incident happened at the main base, which is the central nerve of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), to which Uganda was the first and to-date still the largest troop contributor.

Mr. Karemire refused to give details of the victims.

Shootings among UPDF soldiers are uncommon when on mission outside the country or at home.

In recent times, most shootings by soldiers have targeted civilians, with a number attributed to love-gone-bad incidents and property wrangle.

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