Uganda troops jailed for shooting Somali civilians

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Posted: Mar 17, 2011 10:33 AM

The army spokesman in Uganda says three soldiers serving with the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia have been sentenced to two years in prison each for shooting Somali civilians.

Army spokesman Felix Kulayigye said the three soldiers were arrested in November and January after shooting civilians in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

After being sent back to Uganda, the three were tried by court martial and each sentenced to two years in prison

Kulayigye said Uganda's military does not tolerate such acts. He said strong evidence had been gathered against the soldiers.

Uganda and Burundi are the major contributors to the 8,000-man peacekeeping mission in Somalia.