How the KDF killed a top al Shabaab commander in foiled attack

Heavy motors and machinegun were used to ground the terrorists in a seemingly won war against the militant group

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In a grisly combat at 0305HRS Saturday KDF killed two key Al Shabaab militants in Kuday, Somalia and recovered a number of assorted weapons.

According to the KDF spokesperson Colonel Joseph Owuoth, the militants had raided Somali National Army (NSA) base near KDF’s.

Mr Owuoth said among those killed is Bashe Nure Hassan, an Al Shabaab commander who joined the forces several years ago. Scores of the militants escaped with injuries.

“In subsequent, engagement, AMISOM/KDF supported the SNA allies using motors and machinegun fire to scuttle the terrorist attack,” Owuoth said.

Mr Owouth said three AK47 riffles, 11 magazines and 290 rounds of ammunition and a satellite phone were recovered from the slain terrorists.

He noted that there were casualties scored on the on the SNA and KDF troops.

“KDF soldiers remain vigilant and will continue to relentlessly to pursue the terrorists to ensure peace and security of our country as well as support AMISOM operations to stabilise Somalia,” he said.

The foiled attack comes barely two weeks after KDF raided and overrun an al Shabaab command and logistics centre in lower Jubaland, Somalia killing 31 militants. Other weapons were recovered during the raid in Baadhade, 40 kilometres from the Kenyan border.

In 2016, in a gun battle that lasted three hours count, more than 140 al Shabaab fighters were killed by KDF soldiers during a botched attack in Somalia’s Afmadow area in Lower Jubba.

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