The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) said that a raid conducted on Friday resulted in the killing of 189 al-Shabaab fighters in an operation in Somalia.

In a telephonic interview with the Anadolu Agency, the army’s deputy spokesman Lt. Col. Deo Akiki said, “Today morning, a UPDF contingent under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has killed at least 189 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia.”

“This is the biggest number of al-Shabaab fighters killed in a day,” he added.

Ugandan troops were the first to enter Somalia as part of the Africa Union’s peacekeeping force.