Kenya airstrike ‘kills 60 al-Shabaab militants’ in Somalia

Published: October 11, 2014

Kenya war planesKenya says it carried out an airstrike in a southern region of neighbouring Somalia, killing at least 60 al-Shabab fighters.

A statement from the Kenya Defence forces department said fighter jets had attacked a camp in Bula-Gadud town on Friday afternoon in the region of Middle Jubba of Southern Somalia, killing 60 militants.

“Initial battle assessment indicates 60 Al Shabaab militants have been killed during the attacks at 13.00hrs,” said the statement.

There was no immediate response from the al-Qaeda-linked militant group officials.

Kenya sent forces into Somalia in 2011 to fight the al-Qaida-inspired Islamist group, which has carried out a series of bombings and kidnappings in the region.

Nairobi officials have said they will keep their troops in Somalia for as long as necessary to win the war. Kenyan troops are fighting alongside African Union forces.

Elsewhere, gunmen believed to be from the radical Islamist group have abducted five people in Lamu with two vehicles, according to local reports.

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