The personnel of the Sierra Leone contingent deployed in Somalia as part of the UN Peacekeeping Mission, AMISOM, have repelled an ambush by Al-Shabab fighters killing many and capturing alive, two of the assailants.
This record success in Somalia by a peacekeeping contingent is the first since the start of the mission in that belligerent country. Al-Shabab is notorious for attacking peacekeeping contingents especially Kenyan and Ugandan troops, mostly with deadly outcomes. The gallantry exhibited by the Sierra Leone troop therefore is first of its kind.
In an exclusive interview with the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff who also doubles as the Spokesperson for the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), Brigadier John E. Milton, the Al-Shabab fighters, on Friday 21st June, 2013, the Sierra Leone troop deployed at Dobley in Somalia, repelled an ambush along their main supply route to Tabda, with RSLAF personnel suffering no casualty.
He explained that having survived the ambush, the following morning, Saturday 22nd June, 2013, a few remnants of Al-Shabab militia fighters attacked another Sierra Leonean troop deployed in the Somali city of Tabda, and again the determined troop resisted the attack by forcing the Al- Shabab assailants into retreat with heavy fire and casualties and injuries in their wake. No Sierra Leonean soldier was injured in either of the fighting.