Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced yesterday Saturday the death of 54 soldiers who participated in the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia (ATMIS), during the previous day’s attack by Shebab jihadists on a military base near Mogadishu. Last week it said there were casualties among Ugandan forces in Somalia, but did not specify the number.

Shebab fighters on May 26 launched a large-scale attack on the Bulo Marer base, 120 kilometers southwest of the Somali capital, where Ugandan soldiers are based.

Museveni said Ugandan forces have since recaptured the outpost.

The al-Shabaab jihadist group, which claimed responsibility for the May 26 attack, claims it killed 137 soldiers. It has been fighting since 2006 to topple Somalia’s Western-backed government, aspiring to impose its own extreme version of Islamic law on the country.