Over 400 Ugandan troops will be deployed to Somalia’s Capital Mogadishu under a new United Nations guard unit charged with protecting U.N. staff and installations .
UN mission in Mogadishu spokesperson ,Aleem Siddique said Wednesday that about 60 Ugandan troops would arrive in Mogadishu on Thursday and the rest would arrive at the end of the month.
The troops are tasked by the U.N. Security Council to protect U.N. civilian staff and facilities in Mogadishu. The U.N. last year recommended the deployment of a “static” guard unit to strengthen the security of its compound within the international airport in Mogadishu, which has been attacked repeatedly by Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels of al-Shabab.
“They will enable us to continue working in a high-risk area,” Siddique said. “This is the first time the Ugandan People’s Defense Force has deployed personnel in support of a U.N. field mission in Africa.