Kenya: 21 Al Shabaab fighters killed in fire fight with AU troops in Somalia

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - At least 21 Al Shabaab fighters have been killed in fire fight with the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a KDF spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Col. David Obonyo, a spokesperson for the KDF, said there were no injuries suffered by the KDF contingent after the gun encounter with the Al Shabaab fighters in Hawina, Somalia, on Tuesday.

The troops, who were en route to Tabda from Dobley, while approaching Hawina at 8.23 am were shot at by a lone Al Shabaab terrorist who fled the scene, Obonyo said in a statement.

"On Tuesday, 24 May 2016 at about 10 am KDF troops in AMISOM killed 21 Al Shabaab terrorists in Hawina including a junior level Commander, Salad Bart, who is believed to have been in-charge of the group," the KDF spokesperson said.

Following the shooting, 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 resulted in the killing of the 21 terrorists with no casualties on KDF. 17 AK-47 rifles, 2 rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers, 5 RPGs and assorted ammunition were recovered after the incident," Col. Obonyo said.

He said KDF would remain vigilant and continue its efforts against Al Shabaab terrorists and their attempts to destabilise the East African region.
-0- PANA AO/MA 25May2016

25 may 2016 09:41:11

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