Published On: Wed, Jan 2nd, 2019

Kenya says its troops in Somalia killed seven Al Shabab members

At least seven terrorists have been shot dead by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) during a military operation sanctioned by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Several other suspected al-Shabaab militants were wounded in the deadly fire exchange and nine AK 47 rifles, grenades, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other war paraphernalia seized.

A statement sent to newsrooms from the Ministry of Defense indicated the Kenyan soldiers operating under AMISOM faced off with the militants along the Tabda-Delahola supply route.

“Today at around 11 a.m., KDF soldiers operating under AMISOM engaged Al-Shabaab militants at a location along Tabda–Delahola supply route. In the ensuing gunfight, seven (7) Al-Shabaab terrorists were killed and an unknown number escaped with injuries,” the statement said.

According to the KDF Spokesman PM Njuguna, two soldiers sustained minor injuries during the Wednesday morning shoot-out.

Njuguna assured Kenyans the KDF soldiers will nevertheless remain vigilant and will continue to relentlessly pursue terrorists, to ensure peace and security of Kenya.

He added the Kenyan soldiers will also continue to support AMISOM operations to stabilise Somalia.

The terror group al-Shabaab has in the past few years made several attempts to infiltrate Kenya through the porous border between the country and Somalia.

The militia group has previously launched several attacks in Kenya mostly in the North Eastern and Coast regions.

The militants still control remote areas in southern and southwest areas of Somalia. AMISOM forces with the help of the Somali national army and US forces have been conducting joint military operations to eliminate the terror groups from the areas.

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