Uganda’s military says it has begun the withdrawal of 281 troops serving in the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

The move announced on Wednesday is part of a UN plan that will see African Union (AU) soldiers’ numbers reduced by 1,000 by the end of this year. 

20,000 SOLDIERS

At the moment there are more than 20,000 soldiers serving in the AU mission (Amisom). 

Uganda, which first sent troops to the country in 2007, is the biggest contributor with more than 6,000 soldiers in the force. 

Kenya, Burundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia are also expected to reduce their numbers by 31 December. 

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