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Ugandan peacekeepers killed in somalia attack

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Peacekeepers attacked in Somalia

 An African Union (AU) peacekeeper from Uganda was killed today when a roadside bomb explosion struck his convoy in the capital Mogadishu.

The AU forces convoy was coming from the airport when it was targeted by a roadside bomb.

One of the soldiers died in the attack, was from the Ugandan contingent.

Several eyewitnesses confirmed the attack along one of the war-scarred Somali capital's most heavily guarded itineraries.

A convoy of six vehicles was targeted as it was coming from the airport.

The AU currently has some 2,600 peacekeepers deployed in the Horn of Africa, a contingent that falls far short of the 8,000 soldiers pledged by the continental body in 2006.

Uganda was the first country to contribute troops and Burundi dispatched its own forces earlier this year.