by Chris Mgidu
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s army said
Thursday that they killed 57 Al-Shabaab militants during a clash
at Afmadow area of southern Somalia.
Forces (KDF) spokesman Joseph Owuoth said the troops who are
part of the Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are still
in the region to purge it of the militants.
Owuoth said in a statement the 8:45-a.m. incident that
involved artillery fire and helicopter gunships took place close
to Subow Centre.
The spokesman said the soldiers remain vigilant and will
continue to relentlessly pursue the terrorist to ensure peace
and security of Kenya, as well as to support AMISOM operations
to stabilize Somalia.
Kenya has blamed members of Al-Shabaab for a series of
abduction of foreigners and grenade and landmine attacks on its
territory near the border with Somalia.
Since Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia in
October 2011, northern and parts of eastern Kenya have been hit
by a series of blasts, many targeting local security forces and