At least 189 al-Shabaab fighters have been killed and dozens after heavy clashes with AMISOM forces in southern Somalia.
In a statement, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) contingent under the framework of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) 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.
According to the Commander of the Ugandan troops in Somalia, Brig Gen Don William Nabasa, they didn’t suffer any losses or injuries.
“We are committed to ensuring and maintaining security and relative peace,” said Gen Nabasa during his operational assessment of frontline troops at forwarding base in Janaale adding: “Given the available capabilities and knowledge of terrain analysis, such as spot targeted operations will continue in efforts to degrade and defeat Al Shabaab insurgents, even in the wilderness.”