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KDF raids in Somalia kill 31 Shabaab militants

Joseph Owuoch of KDF’s Public Affairs Unit said intelligence led operation was executed by air and ground assets/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27- Kenya Defence Forces say its soldiers have killed 31 Al Shabaab terrorists in air strikes conducted on Sunday deep inside Somalia.

The raids were carried out at two command and logistics bases in Baadhade district in Jubaland.

Joseph Owuoch of KDF’s Public Affairs Unit says the intelligence-led operation was executed by air and ground assets.

Two Al-Shabaab vehicles were destroyed during the operation that also seized firearms and 4 Improvised Explosive Devices.

Also recovered according to Owuoch include, “foodstuff, communication equipment, several uniforms, a roll of detonating cable and 634 rounds of assorted ammunition.”

The terrorist continues to suffer a major setback as the campaign to free Somalia from their grip intensifies.

Early this month, KDF soldiers killed 57 Al-Shabaab militants during an operation in Subow Centre near Afmadow region.

READ: Kenyan soldiers kill 57 Shabaab militants in Somalia

The attack also left several other militants with injuries.

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The militants have lately also posed threats to Kenyan soldiers by raiding their camps, where lives have been lost.

On January 27, Kenya Defence Forces soldiers engaged Al-Shabaab militants following an attack at their camp in Kulbiyow town in Lower Juba region of Somalia.

Heavy fighting ensued between the militants and KDF soldiers but they managed to repulse the aggressors during the dawn attack.

Though no figures were given, lives were lost from both sides.

The attack came a year after the El Adde incident in which a KDF camp was overrun and more than 100 Kenyan soldiers killed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed the soldiers will remain in Somalia until the threat of terror to the country and the region is fully eliminated.


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