Somalia’s Information Minister Osman Abukar Dubbe has denied claims that hundreds of Somali soldiers have been killed while fighting alongside the Ethiopian army against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

Addressing the public on Tuesday, Osman confirmed that Ethiopia did not request any troops from Somalia.

Osman went on to rubbish social media reports by saying people are trying to find political gains from the Somali national army.

“It is unfortunate that people are trying to find political gains from our national army. We are confirming that the fake news, which is meant for politics and business, that claimed Somali troops training in Eritrea took part in fighting in Tigray region is not true,” said Osman.

The defence by Osman comes after the former deputy spy Chief of Somalias National Intelligence and Security Agency, Abdisalan Yusuf Guled, claimed that over 370 somali soldiers died while fighting in Tigray in November 2020.