The bodies of 10 Ugandan soldiers killed in Somalia by militant Islamist group Al-Shabaab have been flown home.
The attack was a “game changer”, and Al-Shabaab should expect an “appropriate response”, Paddy Ankunda added.
Twelve Ugandan soldiers were killed in Tuesday’s raid on an African Union (AU) base in southern Somalia. Al-Shabaab said it had killed 50 AU troops.
Ugandan troops are part of a 22,000-strong AU force battling the militants.
In the Ugandan army’s first comment on the raid, Col Ankunda said in a tweet: “We will not relent in our efforts to help in the pacification of Somalia despite the attack.”
He did not give details of the other two Ugandan soldiers who were killed.
Other reports put the number of soldiers killed at the Janale base, 90km (55 miles) south-west of the capital Mogadishu, at between 20 and 50.
Residents said the attack started with a suicide car bombing at the base’s gate, followed by sustained gunfire which lasted more than an hour.
Despite losing most of its key strongholds in south and central Somalia, al-Shabab continues to carry out attacks on the government and African Union troops across the country.
The militants also stage frequent suicide attacks in Mogadishu.
The 10 peacekeepers, whose bodies were returned today, are:
Lieutenant David Etua Ondoma
Sergeant Charles Outa
Sergeant Charles Ojange
Sergeant Eddy Kakaire
Sergeant Abubaker Mugumya
Sergeant Emmanuel WanyamaLance
Corporal Andrew Engema
Lance Corporal Phinius Ochowun
Private Isaac Okidi Lotyang
Private Geoffrey Kintu