KDF kills al Shabaab commander, 21 militants 


Kenya soldiers in Somalia

On Monday, Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops killed 21 Al-Shabaab militants in Hawina, Somalia.

KDF said in a statement that at 10am KDF troops in Amisom en route to Tabda from Dobley killed 21 Al Shabaab terrorists in Hawina.

The troops also recovered 17 AK-47 Rifles, 2 Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launchers, 5 RPGs and assorted ammunition in Hawina.

Among the 21 Al Shabaab killed include a junior level commander, Salad Bart, who is believed to have been in-charge of the group.

The KDF troops while approaching Hawina at 8.23am were shot at by a lone Al Shabaab terrorist who fled the scene.

Following the shooting by the lone terrorist, KDF troops started patrolling the area to flush out Al Shabaab terrorists.

At around 10am the troops engaged Al Shabaab terrorists who were attempting to mount an ambush along the road to Tabda.

The firefight that ensued in Hawina resulted in the killing of the 21 terrorists with no casualties on KDF.

“The KDF will remain vigilant and continue its efforts against Al Shabaab terrorists and their attempts to destabilise the region,” the statement said.

The successful mission comes at a point Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta is threatening to leave Somalia over funding cuts.

The close to 4,000 Kenyan soldiers in the war-torn country have suffered heavy casualties, with more than 200 officers killed in El Adde in January.

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