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5 Shabaab killed, Kenya suffers casualty in battle

30 December 2011, 03:40

Nairobi – Kenyan troops clashed with Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab militants leaving several dead, the latest casualties in weeks of dragging conflict in southern Somalia, officials and insurgents said on Friday.

One Kenyan soldier died after troops attacked a Shabaab base at Beles Qoqani some 60 kilometres (40 miles) into Somalia, killing five militants and leaving “many wounded,” said Kenyan army spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir.

However, the hardline Shabaab claimed to have ambushed Kenyan troops on Thursday with an explosive device, forcing a Kenyan armoured vehicle to stop.

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