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Ugandan peacekeepers kill 189 al-Shabab militants in Somalia

Iran Press TV

Saturday, 23 January 2021 5:52 PM

The Ugandan army says its peacekeeping forces have managed to eliminate 189 members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab Takfiri terrorist group in Somalia during an offensive against one of the group's camps.

In a statement on Friday, the Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF) said that it had raided al-Shabab hideouts in the villages of Sigaale, Adimole, and Kayitoy, some 100 kilometers southwest of the capital Mogadishu.

"(The raid)... saw the forces put out of action 189 al-Qaeda-linked" militants "and destroyed a number of military hardware and items used by the terrorist attacks," it added.

Since 2006, the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants have been engaged in a bloody militancy in Somalia in an attempt to topple its central government, which is supported by the United Nations and African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops.

Despite being ousted from large parts of the south and central Somalia by AU's peacekeeping troops in 2011, al-Shabab continues deadly attacks on military and civilian targets, including hotels, intersections, and checkpoints.

Ugandan troops are part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with the aim of supporting the central government and stop al-Shabab's attempts to topple it. The mission, comprised of some 20,000 peacekeepers, has been fighting against the militant group for the past decade.

Somalia, which has been ravaged by decades of war and poverty, has faced instability and violence since 1991 when its military government was overthrown.



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