KDF enhances assault on Al Shabaab in Somalia
12 October 2014, 10:30
Nairobi - Kenyan troops have enhanced their crackdown on
Al-Shabaab bases in southern Somalia after killing at least 60 more
militants on Friday, military officials confirmed Saturday.
Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) spokesman Colonel David Obonyo said
military jets destroyed Al-Shabaab bases in north of Gulagadud in Middle
"Initial battle assessment indicates 60 Al-Shabaab militants have
been killed during the attacks..." Obonyo said in a brief statement
issued in Nairobi.
The military spokesman said the operation, which included ground and
air strikes, was the third this week in a row in an effort to liberate
"The militants were regrouping to approach our strongholds when they
were crashed. We counted 60 bodies and recovered five vehicles with many
bullets," said Obonyo.
Several militants were injured and had retreated to Jilbi. Obonyo
said they are in hot pursuit of the now weakened Al-Shabaab following
attacks in their strongholds.
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Kenyan soldiers have captured a string of towns leading to Kismayo,
the third largest city which is considered the hub of the militant
The onslaught in southern Somalia comes as the fate of five Kenyans
remains unknown after being abducted by suspected Al- Shabaab militants
along the border with Somalia in coastal region. The incident on Friday
took place between Milimani and Basuba area in Lamu East sub-county.
The incident comes amidst heavy presence of security officers in the
ongoing security operation that was launched in a bid to net suspected
criminals who raided the county in the June and July, in which more than
90 people were killed.
Soldiers from the KDF are part of the African Union coalition
fighting Al-Shabaab in support of the Somali government. Kenyan
officials say Al-Shabaab has continued to incur losses as AMISOM forces
continue to make major strides in their mandate to pacify the Horn of
Kenyan forces that crossed into Somalia in October 2011 have
intensified military crackdown inside southern Somalia to push back
Al-Shabaab, blamed by Kenya for a series of cross-border kidnappings.
Al-Shabaab has said it views the presence of Kenyan troops in
southern Somalia as an act of war. The group which has teamed up with
global terror network Al-Qaida is now vowing an all-out war in Kenya, in
protest against the military incursion in Somalia.
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