Kenyan army in Somalia kills 31 sleeping al-Shabaab militants

The ambush attack comes barely a month after the KDF executed other 57 armed men in Somalia.

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The KDF has said that 31 Al-Shabaab terrorists have been killed after raiding their base in Baadhade, Somalia.

After the killing, 11 AK-47 riffles, four improvised explosives, communication equipment, food and military uniforms were seized.

In a statement, military spokesman Joseph Owuoth has confirmed that the Kenyan armed men have seized the items from the militants group’s command and logistics centres in Jubbaland district were 634 bullets and two anti-tank machine guns.

The raids on Sunday evening were carried out by ground troops supported by helicopter gunships.

“Following the operation, other Al-Shabaab fighters fled with injuries. Two Al-Shabaab vehicles were destroyed,” said Col Owouth.

“The intelligence-led operation was executed by air and ground assets. Ground troops were supported by attack helicopters and artillery fire to access the bases 17 kilometres from Sarira near Hola Wajeer,” added Col Owouth.

Over 4,000 Kenyan troops are deployed in what is called sector 2 in Somalia but have been carrying out operations in other areas that are not manned, whenever al Shabaab militants set up camps there.

Other sectors are occupied by forces from Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti.

The attacked militant group has not responded yet. Al Shabaab is, however, known to use propaganda to exaggerate the numbers whenever they carry out an attack.

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