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.

The UPDF said in a released statement that its soldiers raided al-Shabaab bases in the villages of Sigaale, Adimole, and Kayitoy, just over 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 statement read.

The UPDF added that it also raided an al-Shabaab meeting, injuring several terrorists in Doncadaafeedow which is four miles away from the Janaale town.

According to its website, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations. It was created by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council on 19 January 2007. Its initial six-months mandate has since been expanded.