11 January 2014

Somalia: 30 Al Shabaab Fighters Killed

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Kenya Defence Forces have been fighting al-Shabaab since October 2011(file photo).

An air strike by Kenya Defence Force jets yesterday killed thirty Al Shabaab fighters in Garbarahey area in Gedo, Somalia. KDF operations information officer Colonel Cyrus Oguna said those killed include senior leaders of the terror group.

He said KDF soldiers encountered the al Shabaab fighters in a fight that laft five hevicles belonging to the militants destroyed,. Oguna made the remarks in a military brief sent to media yesterday.

"On 9/01/2014 at 1800hrs at Garbarahey in Gedo region of Somalia, KDF fighter jets attacked an al Shabaab camp during a meeting.Initial battle damage assessment indicate that more than 30 Al Shabaab militants killed including key commanders. Scores of others escaped with multiple injuries. More than five vehicles and key assets were destroyed," the report said.

Major Emmanuel Chirchir in his tweet said the Al Shabaab leader Ali Godane escaped the strike when he left the meeting point 30 minutes before the attacks

The airstrike comes after the KDF conducted a changeover in October which saw the return of its previous troops, which hasspent a year in Somalia

President Uhuru Kenyatta last year vowed to "teach" Al Shabaab a lesson after the terror group claimed responsibility for the September 21, 2013 Westgate Shopping Mall terror attack.

Some 67 people died and more than 200 injured when gunmen stormed the mall.

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