NAIROBI Kenyan troops in Somalia killed 31 Islamist al Shabaab militants in a raid on two of their bases in the southern Somali region of Jubbaland, the Kenyan military services claimed on Monday.
The East African nation has thousands of its forces in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to help control al Shabaab and increase stability as component of a reconstruction push following two many years of civil war that shattered the nation.
“Ground troops have been supported by attack helicopters and artillery fire,” the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) claimed in a assertion about Sunday’s raid on al Shabaab bases in the Baadhade district of Jubbaland.
Al Shabaab was not readily available immediately for a comment.
Kenyan forces also captured arms, including 11 AK-47 assault rifles, communications tools and uniforms, the KDF claimed.
Kenya despatched troops into Somalia in 2011 following a collection of attacks on Kenyan soil by the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab.
(Reporting by Duncan Miriri and Humphrey Malalo enhancing by Mark Heinrich)