STORY: AMISOM REPELS IED ATTACK IN QORYOOLEY
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DATELINE: 23rd MARCH 2014, QORYOOLEY, SOMALIA
1. Wide shot, sun rising over Qoryooley town
2. Med shot, AMISOM soldier walking past as sun rises
3. Med shot, AMISOM soldiers at their defense
4. Med shot, soldier wraps bullet belt around himself
5. Med shot, convoy drives into ambush
6. Med shot, soldiers inside APC firing back
7. Med shot, soldiers continue firing
8. Wide shot, soldiers taking cover and engaging Al Shabaab
9. Medium shot, AMISOM soldier in the bush holding ground
10. Close up, AMISOM soldier in the bush
11. Wide shot, AMISOM soldiers and EOD (Explosives Ordnance Detection) team assess impact of IED explosion
12. Med shot, grassy field where IED detonator was placed
13.Wide shot, IED detonator on a wall
14.Close up, IED detonator on a wall
15. Wide shot, AMISOM Uganda Contingent Commander Brig. Olum assessing scene of IED attack
16. SOUNDBITE (English), Brigadier Dick Olum, AMISOM Ugandan Contingent Commander:
“This spot is the second bridge from Beled Amin; this is the bridge between Qoryooley and Beled Amin where our main detachment is. Now these guys after having been beaten in Qoryooley yesterday, they resorted to IEDs. I think the IED is going to be one of their weapons of preference at the moment. What has happened here is that they planted an IED right off this bridge and put the remote controlled battery that detonates the IED and the person who detonated the IED was just in that bush there, all he needed to do was to wait for a vehicle to get here and he presses the remote controlled detonator. And the bomb went off and we lost one Casspir (APC) and we are towing it back.”
17. Wide shot, shrapnel from the IED
18. Close up, shrapnel from the IED
19. Med shot, shrapnel from the IED
20. SOUNDBITE (English), Brigadier Dick Olum, AMISOM Ugandan Contingent Commander:
“The soldiers are all safe; they fought back their way and here we are towing back to the base. It is something we shall keep expecting but we are really prepared for it with the EOD (Explosives Ordnance Detection) team”.
21. Wide shot, damaged Casspir (APC)
22. Med shot, damaged tire on the Casspir (APC)
23. Wide shot, Brig. Olum walking past the damaged Casspir (APC)
AMISOM troops have fended off an attempted ambush by Al Shabaab insurgents in the outskirts of Qoryooley town. A Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) went off near a convoy during a routine patrol to secure a main supply route used by the town’s residents.
The soldiers then came under fire, which they promptly responded to, engaging the insurgents in a brief firefight before repelling them off.
“Now these guys after being beaten in Qoryooley yesterday, they resorted to IEDs,” said Brig. General Dick Olum, the Uganda Contingent Commander while visiting the scene of the IED explosion adding that the soldiers fought back and were safe.
The explosion damaged one of the troops’ Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) but did not cause any deaths or injuries.
“The soldiers are all safe; they fought back their way and here we are towing back to the base. It is something we shall keep expecting but we are really prepared for it with the EOD (Explosives Ordnance Detection) team,” added Brig. Olum.