Kenyan forces target third Al Shabaab town

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – Kenyan military forces are poised to take control of a third Al Shabaab controlled town inside Somalia, on day three of an offensive that aims to crash the rag tag militia that has terrorised Somalia and recently started spreading its tentacles to Kenya.

By Tuesday morning, Defence headquarters in Nairobi said its forces were advancing some 120 kilometres deep inside Somalia to seize the rebel-held town of Afmadow.

“Our troops started moving to Afmadow last evening, this is where activities will be concentrated today [Tuesday],” Military Operations Information Officer Major Emmanuel Chirchir said.

Major Chirchir said dozens of Al Shabaab militants have been gathering around the town since Monday but no clash between them and Kenyan forces had been reported.

“So far, our mission is going on well, there have been no incidents reported at all since last night,” Major Chirchir told Capital News on telephone.

On Monday, heavily armed Kenyan forces were concentrating their offensive at Qoqani region, about 100 kilometres from the Kenyan side.

The Kenyan offensive has sparked protests from Al Shabaab who have warned of reprisals at the heart of the capital Nairobi.

“Kenya has peace, its cities have tall buildings and business is booming there, while Somalia is in chaos,” spokesman for the Al Shabaab Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage announced at a press conference in Somalia on Monday.

“If your government ignores our calls to stop its aggression on Somali soil, we will strike at the heart of your interests,” he was quoted by AFP as having said, in an apparent address to the Kenyan population.

Defence Minister Yusuf Haji has vowed that Kenyan military forces will not relent on their efforts to fight off the Somali militants who have been blamed for a series of abductions since 2009 and the latest of four European women seized from Lamu and Dadaab refugee camp.

In the past five weeks a British woman and a Frenchwoman have been abducted from beach resorts in two separate incidents.

Last Thursday, two Spanish aid workers were seized by gunmen from Kenya’s crowded Dadaab refugee camp.

“This is an attack and assault on our territory and we have every right to defend our territorial integrity,” the Minister said Monday, in reference to the recent kidnappings.

Although he said Kenya has every reason to believe that the kidnappings were carried out by Al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda linked terror group has denied responsibility.

The last time Somalia was invaded by one of its neighbours was in late 2006 when Ethiopia started an occupation that lasted two years and spurred the formation of the Al Qaeda-inspired Shabaab insurgency.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mmaalim2 Mudey Macan

    do the goverment are ware that their is kenyan worker who was also kidnapped before this white guys,i think  they could have responded when the care staff pluse the car was taken in the heart of dadaab?shame on  you don’t respect kenyans

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HCJNZFZF5QAH4PC5AKOLWIBZXI Calist Omondi

    I SUPPORT THE MLLITARY INTERVENTION TO CRUSH ALSHABAB. THAT IS THE ONLY LANGUAGE THEY WILL UNDERSTAND. AFTER THAT KENYA AND ETHIOPIA SHOULD GO AHEAD AND DIVIDE SOMALI BETWEEN THEMSELVES SO AS TO BRING THIS AL SHABAB MENACE PERMANENTLY TO A END.
    CALIST OMONDI OGOLA IN MOMBASA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/allan.juma Allan Juma

    What about the Somalis who are in Kenya come back HOME? why do they Run into Kenya? you should answer this Before you make sure annoying remarks 

  • http://www.facebook.com/allan.juma Allan Juma

    All we want is Peace among our Neighbors. Tanzania is one of the Best Neighbors we have ever had. But we have tried to keep it calm with Uganda, despite the Shoulder rubbing about Migigo. We haven’t taken troops to Uganda. Its Democratic to have agreements and not fighting. But this is to much from the Alshaabab. They have got too far, from pirating and kidnapping. Its has been Kenya everytime. 

    It has come time we should protect our country and on this Shujaa Day we have our shujaaz out of our Country trying to help us recover economically bey arresting the situation of Terror in our country…. 

    God Bless you our Brothers and Sisters who are representing our Country. (THE ARMED FORCES OF KENYA)

  • Victor_murimi

    Bravo Kenyan solders we love you so much

  • Dazzling

    I  know  that  kenyans   are prayer   worriors ..i  pray to  God   almighty  to  be  with  the   armys  who  are  fighting  for  our  nation.and   just like   what he did  to   joshua  when   he  was    fighting   with   the  ennemies,,.same  case  he  will  do  to   our  country and to  our people….
    (SOMALI)we   welcomed  you  to  our  country but  why   did   you   take  our   kindness  for   weakness?…now    u will  see  and  know  that we  belief  in  GOD  most high  and  he  is  the   one   fighting  for  us..may   he  take  care  of  our  brothers  who  are   on  war,,and  may  he  give  them  more  strength..KENYANS  ITS  TIME  TO  CALL  UPON  THE  LORD….MAY  GOD BLESS   YOU   KENYANS…..

  • Martincogan

    Hongera kenya kwa kuamua kudumisha amani katika jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki na kati nia mnayo,uwezo mnao na sababu mnazo na kuwatandika hao wahuni ambao kila kukicha wanafanya mpango wa kiutawala Afrika Mashariki.

    Naamini lengo nikuilinda Kenya na majirani zake lakini lengo ni wananchi amabo wamekuwa wakivamiwa na genge hilo,

    I would like to say congratulation to Kenyan Peoples Deffence Force Army because they planned to protect Kenyan life and her properties from Al shaaabab gang. Bravoooooooo but I dont know for how long Kenyan Army operation will survive there

  • Anonymous

    Stop being an ape… you are emabarrasing