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The Kenyan army killed 21 al Shabaab militants in Somalia

 The Kenyan army killed 21 al Shabaab militants in a town in southern Somalia after two of its own soldiers were killed in an ambush by the insurgents, a military spokesman said.

David Obonyo, spokesman for the Kenya Defence Forces, said that in the Saturday incident in Afmadow, an improvised explosive device hit and damaged one of their vehicles.

“Following the incident, 21 al Shabaab militants were killed, 19 AK 47 rifles, three rocket propelled grenades and a pistol were recovered,” Obonyo said in a statement late on Saturday.

“Regrettably, KDF suffered two fatalities and five injuries. The injured were evacuated and are receiving medical attention.”

Somalia’s government is battling to rebuild the Horn of Africa nation after more than two decades of conflict. Al Shabaab ruled large parts of Somalia until 2011, when it was driven out of Mogadishu by African Union and Somali troops.

The militants, who aim to topple the Western-backed government, often inflate casualty numbers and downplay the number of their own fighters killed.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, told Reuters on Saturday their fighters had killed 12 soldiers.

In January, Kenyan troops as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) took heavy losses when al Shabaab launched a dawn raid on their camp in El Adde near the Kenyan border, although they have not disclosed exact casualty figures.

Al Shabaab claimed the attack had killed more than 100 soldiers.

(Reporting by Humphrey Malalo in Nairobi and Feisal Omar in Mogadishu; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

Source : MOGADISHU (Reuters)

Suicide bomber kills 1 in Mogadishu,Somalia

A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber killed himself and one civilian in a bombing of a restaurant in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said Saturday that the bomber, who sat among diners, wounded three other people … read more

Gunmen attacked a Garissa University college campus in northeast Kenya

Gunmen attacked a college campus in northeast Kenya early Thursday, opening fire in dormitories and killing at least 15 people and wounding 29 others, witnesses said. The attack bore the hallmarks of a Somali Islamic extremist group. Augustine Alanga, a … read more

Somalia Bombing, gun attack at Mogadishu hotel kills at least 6

Security personnel stand guard at the scene of the car bomb attack.

Gunmen raided a hotel in Somalia’s capital after detonating a car bomb outside the building Friday, killing at least six people and sparking a gunbattle with security forces, a police officer at the scene said. Security forces and the assailants … read more

3 killed as Somali pirates fight over ransom paid to free a journalist

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Three Somali pirates were killed in a fight over the ransom paid to free the German-American journalist who was released this week after two years and eight months of captivity, a police official said Friday. The … read more

Gunmen Attack Kenyan Coast, Killing 29 in Two Raids

MOMBASA, Kenya – Gunmen killed at least 29 people in raids on two separate areas on the Kenyan coast, the interior ministry said on Sunday. The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi … read more