Kenya Says 34 Al-Shabaab Fighters Killed by Its Forces in Somalia


Kenyan troops in Somalia killed 34 Al-Shabaab militants in two separate attacks over the weekend, according to a military spokesman.

Spokesman for the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), David Obonyo, said 21 insurgents were killed by its forces after they were ambushed in the southern town of Afmadow on Saturday. He also revealed that two KDF troops were killed and five injured in the fighting. Then, on Sunday, a further 13 militants were killed, north of Ras Kamboni, near the Kenyan border.


Al-Shabaab attacks KDF forces

Obonyo said KDF soldiers were ambushed by Al-Shabaab on Saturday during its operations in Afmadow. A roadside explosion killed two Kenyan troops and damaged a KDF vehicle, although it wasn’t confirmed if the five injured soldiers also sustained their injuries from the blast.

“Regrettably, KDF suffered two fatalities and five injuries. The injured were evacuated and are receiving medical attention,” Obonyo said of the incident.

Al-Shabaab used improvised explosives in the ambush, but were overpowered by KDF forces who killed 21 militants. Kenyan troops impounded 21 AK47 rifles and three rocket-propelled grenades, according to the spokesman.


13 more killed, mid-level commander detained

On Sunday, a further 13 militants were killed by KDF forces and one mid-level Al-Shabaab commander was detained during a clash to the north of Ras Kamboni. Obonyo said the KDF had information that Al-Shabaab was planning to carry out a probe attack in the area before they intercepted and engaged with the fighters.

“The KDF soldiers pursued them following information of an intended probe attack,” he said. “Following the incident, a middle-level al Shabaab commander has been detained, 13 militants were killed.”

Another six AK47 rifles, two rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and ammunition were among the weapons seized. The latest attacks come after KDF forces killed 19 militants in Afmadhow on Wednesday before they were able to execute an attack on a nearby camp.


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