Ugandan troops in Somalia say 189 extremists killed in raidPTI | Kampala | Updated: 23-01-2021 01:06 IST | Created: 23-01-2021 00:58 IST
The army said in a statement Friday that its contingent of African Union troops in Somalia raided al-Shabab "hideouts in the thickets of Sigaale village" about 100 kilometers southwest of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The statement said the operation, including in other villages in the Lower Shabelle region, destroyed military hardware belonging to the extremists and resulted in the arrests of two al-Shabab commanders who were handed over to the Somali army.
It was not immediately possible to verify the reported death toll.
The Western-backed deployment of African troops helped to push al-Shabab out of Mogadishu and other areas years ago, though the extremists are still capable of launching lethal bomb attacks targeting public places.
Al-Shabab, which opposes the presence of foreign troops in Somalia, continues to hold sway over parts of the country's central and southern regions.
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