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Over 30 Al-Shabaab militants killed near border with Somalia

04 November 2013, 07:59

Nairobi - More than 30 Al-Shabaab fighters were killed by joint Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) and Somalia National Army (SNA) near the Kenyan border on Saturday, Kenya's military officials confirmed.

Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir said the Somali and Kenyan soldiers attacked the militants' hideout in Kolbio in southern Somalia.

"Somali National Army kill over 30 Al-Shabaab in Kolbio, close to Kenya border," Chirchir said in his Twitter account. Chirchir said during the attack which took placer at 10:00 hrs local time, seven AK-47 were recovered.

"The raid is part of AMISOM operational plan for sustained offensive operations against Al-Shabaab," he added.

The latest onslaught comes after KDF confirmed on Thursday that they had destroyed a training camp used by members of Al-Shabaab who attacked an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21.

KDF spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguna told Xinhua that the camp, located at about 50 km east of Binswor in southern Somalia, was the main target because most of the militants who attacked Westgate mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21 received training at the camp.

"It was not possible to verify how many militants who were killed during the attack in Binswor on Thursday since the area was sealed off. What I can confirm is that four technicals (military trucks) were destroyed," Oguna told Xinhua by telephone on Friday.

The attack at the Westgate shopping mall left at least 70 people dead. Forensic experts are still carrying out investigations to establish those behind the attack.

Sources said more than 300 Al-Qaida allied terror group's recruits were at the camp at the time of the attack and that many of them are believed to have been killed. 

- Xinhua


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