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KDF kill 31 Al-Shabaab militants in raid at base – PHOTOS

Kenyan troops in Somalia killed 31 Al-shabaab militants after raiding the terrorists’ bases in Baadhade, Somalia.

The raids on Sunday were carried out by ground troops supported by helicopter gunships.

“Following the operation, other Al-shabaab fighters fled with injuries. Two Al-Shabaab vehicles were destroyed. Eleven AK-47 rifles, two PKMs, four improvised explosive devices, foodstuff, communication equipment, several uniforms, a roll of detonating cable and 634 rounds of assorted ammunition were captured,” said military spokesman Joseph Owouth.

The destroyed Al-Shabaab bases were used for command and logistics in the district of Jubaland.

AIR, GROUND ATTACK

PHOTO | COURTESY
PHOTO | COURTESY

“The intelligence led operation was executed by air and ground assets. Ground troops were supported by attack helicopters and artillery fire to access the bases 17 kilometres from Sarira near Hola Wajeer,” added Colonel Owouth.

Over 4,000 Kenyan troops are deployed in sector 2, Somalia but have overtimes been carrying out operations in other areas which are not manned, whenever Al-shabaab set up camps there.

Other sectors are occupied by forces from Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti.

Kenya first deployed soldiers in Somalia in October 2011 in Operation Linda Nchi before they were amalgamated into Amisom the following year.

Al-Shabaab has over the years attracted foreign fighters especially after it merged with global terror organization Al-Qaeda.