KDF kills 15 al Shabaab militants in Somalia

Kenya soldiers on Monday killed 15 Al Shabaab terrorists in an operation in West of Catamaa, approximately 104 kilometres from the border town of El wak, Gedo region, Somalia.

KDF spokesman Joseph Owuoth said the forces’ Amisom detachment from a nearby location engaged the militants using artillery and mortar fire and successfully destroyed the terrorists’ camp.

Colonel Owuoth said operations against Shabaab will continue until all the terrorists are eliminated. The KDF soldiers operating under the African Union Mission in Somalia have in the last few months conducted heavy attacks on the terrorists, which left them with many casualties.

On Saturday, KDF soldiers foiled an al Shabaab attack in Kuday, Somalia, killing two militants in the process including a commander, Bashe Nure Hassan.

Owuoth said in a statement the terrorists had launched an attack on the Somali National Army camp adjacent to KDF and Amisom’s.

 “In the subsequent engagement, Amisom troops supported the SNA allies using mortars and machine gun fire to scuttle the terrorist attack,” he said.

Several militants were suspected to have escaped with injuries but Owouth said there were no casualties on the SNA, Amisom or KDF troops during the dawn attack.

Three AK 47 rifles, eleven magazines, a satellite phone and 290 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the attackers.

“Amisom/KDF soldiers remain vigilant and will continue to relentlessly pursue the terrorists to ensure peace and security of our country Kenya, as well as support Amisom operations to stabilize Somalia,” Owuoth said.

The botched attack was staged two weeks after KDF raided al Shabaab command and logistics cent re in lower Jubaland, Somalia where they killed 31 militants and recovered assorted weapons in Baadhade, 40 kilometres from the Kenyan border.

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