NAIROBI, Kenya Jul – Seven Al Shabaab militants were killed in a gun fight that left a Kenya Defence Forces soldier dead in Gedo region of Somalia.
KDF Spokesman Col David Obonyo said the incident occurred when a vehicle carrying soldiers was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Lagolei, a small town near Elade in Gedo region of Somalia.
“The soldiers pursued the terrorists and in the ensuing firefight, seven Al SHABAAB terrorists were killed, eight AK47 rifles, two grenades and assorted ammunition were seized,” Col Obonyo said, adding that KDF had “lost a soldier while another was injured.”
The incident comes two days after a similar one in Baragoni, Lamu where five people were killed and their bodies set ablaze by the militants during a gunfight with police officers.
“Al Shabaab activities have been rampant in the last few weeks owing to the sustained pressure from troops operating under Amisom in Somalia,” Obonyo said, blaming the heightened activities by the militants to “the entry of Ethiopian troops into Bay Bakool because the terrorists have been forced to flee to the West into Gedo and South toward Lower Shabelle.”
“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the recent Al Shabaab heinous and barbaric attack in Baragoni in which three innocent women and two children were burnt to death in cold blood. One of the women was pregnant and the police were on a humanitarian mission of taking her to the hospital.”
The two incidents occurred at a time Kenyan security forces have intensified security ahead of US President Barrack Obama’s visit.
America has already issued a travel advisory, warning its citizens to be extra careful during the visit set for July 24 – 26 when Obama will open the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) at the United Nations headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi.