20 Kenyan soldiers killed by Al Shaaab near border town
MOGADISHU – Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for Wedneaday’s roadside bomb attack that claimed the lives of 5 Kenyan soldiers near Kenyan border along Somalia.
The blast also injured 10 other Kenyan soldiers after bomb explosion detonated at road in a village of Kiunga in the coastal town of Lamu.
In a statement aired by Radio Andulus, Al Shabaab mouthpeice said that the explosion killed at least 20 Kenyan military soldiers.
The group, also claimed to have taken away military supplies after the bomb attack.
Kenyan military denies claims, saying it had lost 5 military soldiers in the bomb attack.
The military said 10 other soldiers injured in the blast, while the soldiers were operating in Lamu, while on a humanitarian civil assignment in the town.
The Kenyan army has for years been present in the area in a bid to disrupt attacks by al-Qaeda linked jihadists from the Shabaab group.
The group vowed to rump up its attacks in Kenyan soul until Nairobi withdraws its army forces with African Union peacekeeping force from Somalia.
In 2011, Kenya has sent its military forces into Somalia to avert border attacks and kidnappings by Al Shabaab.
Earleir this month, five Kenyan soldiers were killed in roadside bomb claimed by Al Shabaab.
Last month, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, reacting to bomb attack near border town has vowed that the Kenyan military would stay in Somalia until the terror group is defeated.
With reporting by Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia