Kenya: Kenyan soldier, 7 Al Shabaab terrorists killed in AMISOM convoy attack

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan soldier and seven Al Shabaab fighters were killed Wednesday when the militants attacked an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) convoy on routine patrol in Somalia’s Gedo region in the latest flare-up of fighting,  a military spokesperson said.

“The troops were on routine duties in the environs of El Adde when their vehicle was hit by the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) laid by the Al Shabaab terrorists,” Kenyan military spokesperson Col. David Obonyo said in a statement.

“The soldiers pursued the terrorists and in the ensuing firefight seven Al Shabaab terrorists were killed; eight AK47 rifles, two grenades and assorted ammunition were seized. The Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) lost a soldier while another was injured and is now receiving the necessary medical attention.”

AMISOM has stepped up the fight against the Al Shabaab in the Gedo region which has pockets still under the control of Al Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-linked international terrorist group.

The Al Shabaab attack against the AMISOM convoy followed a series of intensified terror attacks by the group in Mogadishu and parts of Somalia since the militants attacked an AMISOM garrison.

On Wednesday,  Al Shabaab released the photo identification of 50 Burundian soldiers killed in an attack on an army base outside Mogadishu.

The attack fuelled speculation of a “strategic retreat” by the AMISOM troops. AMISOM denied the reports of its soldiers ceding territory to Al Shabaab.

Col. Obonyo said the militants have been under intense pressure and have been forced to flee to other regions of Somalia.

“Al Shabaab activities have been rampant in the last few weeks owing to the sustained pressure from the troops operating under AMISOM in Somalia,” Col. Obonyo said.

Ethiopian troops have recently gained entry into the Bay Bakool region as part of the onslaught against Al Shabaab militants.

Col. Obonyo said as a result of the entry of the Ethiopian troops into the Bay Bakool, the terror group’s fighters have been forced to flee to the West into Gedo and South toward Lower Shabelle.

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15 july 2015 19:22:08

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