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Kenyan troops kill 10 al-Shabab militants in Boni Forest area

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- At least 10 al-Shabab militants were killed at dawn on Monday by Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) during a raid on their hideout in the coastal county of Lamu.

Paul Njuguna, the Spokesman for KDF, said in a press release that the heavily armed militants from al-Shabab were killed during a routine patrol by Kenyan troops in North Pandaguo region of Lamu County.

"Today, at around 06:45 a.m., Kenya Defence Forces soldiers operating in Lamu County launched an attack on al-Shabab militants in the area of Taksile, North of Pandaguo," said Njuguna.

"Following the incident, 10 alshabaab militants were killed.

"The soldiers also recovered seven AK47 rifles and assorted ammunition.

"The soldiers are in pursuit of other militants who fled with injuries," he added.

The military spokesman revealed that three KDF soldiers sustained injuries during a gun battle with al-Shabab militants and were receiving medical care.

Kenyan troops have intensified patrols in Lamu County where al-Shabab militants have been carrying out random attacks targeting civilians and security officers.

The militants from Somalia based terrorist network have found shelter in the vast Boni forest that straddles Lamu and its neighboring county of Garissa in northeastern Kenya.

Kenyan troops have also relied heavily on local communities in Lamu County to obtain intelligence on the movement and hideouts of al-Shabaab militants.

The military spokesman urged local civilians to alert security officers in case they came across al-Shabab militants who evaded the dawn onslaught.

"Locals are requested to share information with the security officials in the area, as the fleeing and wounded terrorists may seek assistance from them," said Njuguna.
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EARLIER REPORT:

African Union and Somali forces kill 35 al-Shabaab militants

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- A total of 35 al-Shabab militants were killed and several others injured after an exchange of fire between Somali national army, backed by African Union forces, and the militants in Qoryoley, a town in lower Shabelle region, in southern Somalia, officials said on Monday.

One Somali soldier was killed and two others injured during heavy fighting with the militants overnight, Qoryoley Deputy Governor Abdi Ahmed Ali told reporters.

"Our forces killed 35 al-Shabab militants and injured several others after defeating the enemy who attacked the town," Ali said.

"We have collected their bodies to bury now."

"We had prior intelligence that the terrorists are going to attack us and this caused more casualties on the enemy side," the governor said.

Al-Shabab has not yet commented on Ali’s statement on the latest government victory over the militants.

The group, however, claimed to have carried out mortar attacks on bases of the Somali national army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) near Barawo, a town in the same region.
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FURTHER READING:

Dozen al-Shabab militants killed in airstrike in southern Somalia

'al-Shabaab' murder two civilian passengers on the Garissa bus

 

 

             

 

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