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Uganda soldier executed in Shabaab propaganda video

Abdurashid Abdulle, AFP file picture| Al Shabaab fighters perform a military drill in Somalia

Abdurashid Abdulle, AFP file picture| Al Shabaab fighters perform a military drill in Somalia<br />

Al-Qaeda linked Islamic extremists in Somalia have released a video showing the execution of a Ugandan soldier captured in September 2015.

The soldier, who has appeared in previous propaganda videos, was captured when Shabaab militants overran an African Union military outpost in Janale, southern Somalia.

The nine-minute video released late Tuesday shows the bearded soldier, identified as Masassa M.Y., speaking in Swahili to warn his comrades against deploying to Somalia.

The video also shows alleged Shabaab attacks in which Kenyan uniformed personnel are killed and weapons, equipment and identity documents captured.

The captive asks Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta not to forget other nationals captured by Shabaab militants. The clip ends with the soldier being shot three times in the head from behind by an unidentified militant.

Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia all contribute troops to the 22,000-strong AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) which is fighting the Shabaab and defending the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu.

Shabaab has made repeated calls for foreign troops to leave Somalia.

In recent years, the militants have launched a series of raids on isolated AMISOM outposts, overrunning bases, killing scores of soldiers and seizing weapons and vehicles.



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