AU Deputy Special Representative visits injured soldiers at AMISOM hospital

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The Deputy Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Simon Mulongo today visited soldiers who were injured in the Friday terrorist attack in Middle Shabelle region.

The injured soldiers, who are recuperating at AMISOM Level II Hospital, were part of a convoy escorting civilian trucks transporting humanitarian supplies from Mogadishu to Jowhar.  The soldiers managed to repulse the terrorists, who hand planted improvised explosive devices (IED) on the road, which damaged an armoured personnel carrier and three civilian trucks.

Speaking at the hospital, Mr. Mulongo, who is also the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, praised the soldiers for their bravery in repulsing the attackers and wished them quick recovery.

“We came to see the progress of our soldiers who got injured in the ambush by the terrorists. As you could see, we have three of them who sustained some injuries, so we came to check on their progress,” he explained.

Immediately after the attack, a quick recovery unit was dispatched to the scene to carry out a mop-up and recovery operation.

“As you could see those three (the injured soldiers) are doing very well. They sustained some slight injuries because of the explosion of the IED that was planted on the road when they were ferrying food to supply the areas of HirShabelle,” Mr. Mulongo added.

The DSRCC, who was accompanied by AMISOM Deputy Force Commander In Charge of Operations and Plans, Maj. Gen. Charles Tai Gituai, and AMISOM Military Chief of Staff, Brig. Kittila Bulti Tadesse, held a meeting with the hospital management and later toured the facility to assess its condition.

Mr. Mulongo said the Mission will help address the challenges facing the hospital to improve services offered to patients.

“The Generals here have taken note of these deficiencies and have promised to follow them up through the system and we as the Mission headquarters will support that, so as to see some changes. We must repair, maintain and equip a fully functioning Level II health facility as required by the UN standards,” he stated.

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