, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 – Kenyan fighter jets on Monday bombed two camps of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents in southern Somalia, the army said, days after the Islamists carried out their worst ever massacre in Kenya.
“We bombed two Shabaab camps in the Gedo region,” Kenyan army spokesman David Obonyo told AFP.
“The two targets were hit and taken out, the two camps are destroyed.”
The airstrikes follow threats by President Uhuru Kenyatta that he would retaliate “in the severest way possible” against the Shabaab militants for their attack on Thursday on a university in Kenya’s northeastern town of Garissa in which nearly 150 died.
There was no information given as to casualties in the bases hit.
The Shabaab gunmen launched the pre-dawn attack in Garissa, storming dormitory buildings before lining up non-Muslim students for execution in what Kenyatta described as a “barbaric medieval slaughter”.
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The massacre, Kenya’s deadliest attack since the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi, claimed the lives of 142 students, three police officers and three soldiers.
Kenyan airplanes have made repeated strikes in southern Somalia since their troops crossed into their war-torn neighbour in 2011 to attack Shabaab bases, with Nairobi later joining the African Union force fighting the Islamists.
“The bombings are part of the continued process and engagement against Al-Shabaab, which will go on,” Obonyo added.