By our reporter

Four UPDF soldiers were killed and six others sustained minor injuries on Sunday when Islamist extremists attacked their base on Sunday in the latest of a series of bloody strikes against peacekeepers in Somalia.

gandan officials have said only four soldiers were killed in the attack, which was repulsed with heavy casualties among the extremists.

Such attacks are designed to hasten the departure of Amisom, the military and policing coalition under the authority of the African Union, which has been fighting al-Shabaab for more than a decade.

Al-Shabaab, which once controlled much of Somalia, wants to topple the western-backed government in Mogadishu.

Militants detonated a suicide car bomb at the gate of the Ugandan army base in Bulamarer before storming into the complex. A second suicide car bomb targeted a convoy of Ugandan army reinforcements coming from a nearby base.

Meanwhile, in the same battle, over 30 Al-shabaab militants were also gunned down by UPDF.

According to army Deputy Spokesperson Lt. Col Deo Akiiki, eight of the militants’ vehicles that included two vehicle Born Improvised Explosives were also destroyed.