Uganda rescinds earlier report of killing 189 al-Shabaab fighters

Adonia Ayebare

Ugandan government has dismissed reports that its soldiers under the framework of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) killed 183 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia.

Uganda ambassador to the UN Adonia Ayebare said the reports claiming Uganda killed militants were ‘fake’.

“I have talked to the UPDF leadership the claim is fake news and was not an official claim and we should treat it as such,” said the ambassador.

Last Friday, the Ugandan army issued statement claiming that the soldiers working as part of a peacekeeping force in Somalia killed 189 al-Shabaab fighters in an attack on one of their camps.

The Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF) said its soldiers stormed al+Shabaab hideouts in the villages of Sigaale, Adimole and Kayitoy, just over 100 km (62 miles) southwest of the capital Mogadishu.

“(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,” UPDF said.

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