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Uganda ready to send 2 000 troops

2010-07-15 13:37

Kampala - Uganda can provide 2,000 more troops needed to bring the African Union force in Somalia to its full strength if no other nation volunteers, the army's spokesperson said on Thursday.

"We are capable of providing the required force if other countries fail to do so," Ugandan army spokesperson Felix Kulayigye said. "I should say, however, that I think it is appropriate that other countries contribute."

Somalia's al-Qaeda-inspired Shebaab movement has claimed responsibility for bomb attacks on a bar and restaurant in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Sunday in which at least 73 people were killed.

The rebel group said the bombings were in retaliation for the presence of Ugandan troops in the African Union's military mission in Mogadishu.