The Star (Nairobi)

23 June 2014

Kenya: KDF Airstrike Kill 80 Al Shabaab Near Mogadishu

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

Kenya Defence Forces airstrikes has killed at least 80 al shabaab militants in Anole and Kuday in Lower Juba. The attack by KDF operating under Amisom killed 30 militants in Anole, while a further 50 were killed in Kuday.

Confirming the incident, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif commended the KDF for the successful operation in which three technical vehicles, and a Landcruiser carrying ammunition were destroyed.

"Our forces will relentlessly keep up the pressure on al Shabaab and we will employ all the means at our disposal to end their reign of terror," said Annadif.

Amisom has been based in Somalia since 2012 to assist the Federal Transition Government under President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to stabilise Somalia after over a decade of civil war.

Amisom also went into Somalia to support the efforts of KDF in ejecting the al Shabaab militia group that had taken over areas of the country and imposed sharia law.

The al Shabab has been fighting back with several attacks in Mogadishu's key government installments as well as attacks in other country such as Kenya and Uganda.

Most recently, the militant group has claimed responsibility for attacks in Mpeketoni and Maporomokoni areas of Lamu county in which over 60 people were killed.

The al Shabab has also warned of attacks in other countries that have contributed soldiers to the joint Amisom forces. The countries include: Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda.

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