The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) contingent under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has killed atleast 189 Al Shabaab fighters in a raid that could be the biggest ever since UPDF deployed in Somalia.
According to a statement issued by the UPDF Deputy Spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki on Friday, Ugandan troops raided Al Shabaab hideouts in the thickets of Sigaale village approximately 99.5 KM Southwest of Mogadishu City.
“The interdiction and on-spot ground target separate operations in Sigaale, Adimole, and Kayitoy villages, neighboring Janaale in Lower Shaballe region, saw the forces put out of action 189 Al-Qaeda linked fighters and destroyed a number of military hardware and items used by the terrorist,” the statement reads in part.
The targeted raids, according to the UPDF, also destroyed two mounted weapons called “technical” and motorbikes in separate fire strikes.
“In Doncadaafeedow hideout 7KM West of Janaale, the UPDF ground-aerial targets successfully disrupted an Al Shabaab scheduled meetings and injured several,” the statement further reads.
Unlike in the past, UPDF now has attack helicopters that have augmented the UPDF firepower against Al Shabaab.