Deadly explosion hits Kenyan soldiers in Somalia
MOGADISHU — Deadly explosion has targeted an armored personell carrier with Kenyan military forces near Dhobley town in Somalia near the Kenyan border.
The explosion reportedly destroyed a military vehicle with soldiers while heading to the border town, according to residents.
It remains unclear how many soldiers were killed or injured in Sunday’s explosion.
The attack was immediately claimed by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
The use of roadside explosions has become a weapon of choice by al-Shabaab as they target Somalia and AMISOM military convoys.
Kenya has been operating under the under the African Union Mission in Somalia known as AMISOM.
The incursion in Somalia, that began in October 2011 dubbed Operation Linda Nchi, aimed at getting rid of the al-Shabaab terror group and is coordinated by AMISOM and the Somali military.
In March, 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta made a historic visit at Dhobley Camp in Somalia where he assured the soldiers of the governments commitment to support their mission and secure the country.
Although the war in Somalia has claimed many casualties on either side, KDF and AMISOM have been largely successful in weakening al-Shabaab’s control and influence in Somali.
The biggest blow to al-Shabaab came in November, 2012 when KDF and affiliated forces took charge of the Somali Port city of Kismayo; a crucial source of revenue for the terror group.