By Innocent Vuga
The Uganda national army, Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) claims that its troops killed 189 fighters of the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab militant group in an attack on their camps on Friday, 22 January.
The Ugandan People’s Defence Force said in a statement that its soldiers raided Al Shabab hideouts in the villages of Sigaale, Adimole and Kayitoy, just over 100 kilometres south-west of the capital Mogadishu, in the Lower Shabelle region.
The raid “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 attacks”, the army said.
Two Al Shabab commanders were arrested and handed over to the Somali army, it said.
Ugandan troops “did not incur any loss or injury, nor did any civilian target get affected,” Don William Nabasa, the Ugandan commander on the ground said.
Ugandan troops are part of the African Union peacekeeping mission deployed in Somalia to support the central government and stop Al Shabab’s efforts to topple it.
Uganda was the was the first Country to deploy troops under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) into Somalia in March 2007.