Uganda to send troops to Somalia to protect U.N.

Mar 04, 2014, 6:43 AM EST
A man stands guard at the site where a car bomb exploded in Mogadishu on February 27, 2014.
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Uganda will send a 410-strong special force to guard U.N. installations in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a Ugandan army spokesman has said. The protection squad will free up thousands of UN-backed troops to pursue militant Islamists in the city, Paddy Ankunda said. The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has stepped up attacks in Mogadishu in recent weeks.
Uganda to 'send troops to Somalia to protect U.N.' [BBC]
Ugandan troops to form U.N. guard force in Somalia [Reuters]