Up to 46 Ugandan peacekeepers died in suicide car bomb attack by Islamist militants

Dozens of Ugandan soldiers are thought to have been killed when Islamist extremists attacked their base on Sunday in the latest of a series of bloody strikes against peacekeepers in Somalia.

Local officials have told the Guardian that as many as 46 Ugandan troops, part of the 22,000 regional force in Somalia, died in the attack by the al-Qaida affiliated al-Shabaab movement in the town of Bulamarer, 80 miles (130km) south-west of the capital, Mogadishu, around 9am local time.

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