Three hundred more Ugandan troops arrived Wednesday in two cargo planes in the Somali capital Mogadishu to join the 400 Ugandan peacekeeping forces landing in the war torn city one day before.
Military hardware, including tanks, armored vehicles and ammunions, was also brought in for the African Union troops, Ugandan forces spokesman Paddy Ankunda said.
"The troops will be arriving until all the Ugandan contingent come here," Akonda told Xinhua by phone from his base in Mogadishu.
The Ugandan contingent are part of the 8000-strong UN- authorized AU peacekeeping mission to Somalia. So far, the AU has managed to raise only about half of the required troops, which are expected to come from Uganda, Burundi, Nigeria, Malawi and Ghana.
Meanwhile, two policemen were shot dead at a checkpoint in Mogadishu on Wednesday. Witnesses said the victims were approached by men with pistols as they were guarding at the checkpoint in K4 area of Mogadishu. The assailants grabbed the guns of the policemen after killing them.
"The two policemen's killing is an act of cowardance," Salad Ali Jelle, Deputy Defense Minister, told HornAfrik Radio station in Mogadishu.