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KDF kill 52 Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia

Fifty-two Al-Shabaab terrorists have been killed after Kenyan troops raided their camp in Somalia.

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesman Joseph Owouth said the 1 am Friday raid was carried out by ground troops supported by mortar and artillery fire.

The camp was located nine kilometres North of Sarina in badhaade, Lower Juba.

“The intelligence led operation was executed after surveillance assets sighted Al-Shabaab terrorist concentration in the location. Ground troops supported by mortar and artillery fire were employed to neutralise the camp thereafter,” said Colonel Owuoth.

Many other terrorists fled the battle ground leaving behind seven AK -47 assault rifles, a machine gun, two phones, 104 rounds of ammunition, three Improvised Explosive Devices, bomb making materials and foodstuffs.

“KDF wishes to assure the public that operations against Al-Shabaab will continue until all terrorists are eliminated in order to ensure Kenyans and their neighbours enjoy peace and security,” Col Owouth added.

The troops are in the neighbouring country under African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).

The Somalia-based terrorist organisation with links to Al-Qaeda and Syria has suffered devastating loses in a series of similar raids sustained by KDF in recent weeks.

A senior Al-Shabaab commander Bashe Nure Hassan was killed together with one of his lieutenants on April 8.

Two days after, 15 other terrorists were killed after Kenyan troops stormed their camp near Catamaa, about 104 kilometres from the border town of Elwak.

In yet another attack, 31 Al-Shabaab militants were killed after KDF raided the terrorists’ bases in Baadhade, Somalia on March 26.

On March 2, 57 more terrorists were killed in a KDF operation at Afmadhow, near Subow centre.

An assortment of arms, pickup trucks mounted with machine guns, load of ammunition, improvised explosive devices and other combat gear belonging to the terrorists were destroyed.

Kenya first deployed soldiers in Somalia in October 2011 in Operation Linda Nchi before they were amalgamated into Amisom the following year.

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