It’s now about a week after Alshabab’s attack on Kenyan military base in southern Somalia.Al Shabaab militants have released photos of the Kulbiyow base attack, in which at least 45 soldiers were killed, contrary to a report by the kenya military.
Details towards the exact number of soldiers killed in the attack are upsurge.
Sources in Kulbiyow neighbourhood, speaking to Mareeg.com estimated the death toll to be more than 45 soldiers.
A witness said militant fighters had loaded ammunition and military equipment into lorries to drive away and had torched several trucks.
He saw with his own eyes, Kenyan soldiers streaming out of the base after the militants arrived.
“It was a big fight. They started with explosions and when they [Al-Shabab] overpowered the KDF [Kenya defence forces], they entered the base and controlled the camp,” He added.
“We constantly hear the barrages of planes over the town. We are frightened so I have fled with my children out of the town because there could be a huge fight between the two sides.” Concluded the witness.
Al-Shabab claims to have killed dozens of Kenyan troops.
A spokesman for the armed group, which often launches attacks on African Union troops stationed in the Horn of Africa country, said on Friday that its fighters killed at least 57 Kenyans at the base in the town of Kulbiyow a day earlier.
On the other hand Kenyan officials reject that claim.
In a statement to newsrooms, KDF spokes man Paul Njuguna said claims of casualties on its soldiers were a fabrication and should be treated as such.
“It’s important to note that the information being peddled by terrorists on social media is false and part of their propaganda” the statement read.
A series of attacks by al-Shabaab have underlined its resilience in the face of a decade-long effort to eradicate the group.
In January last year, al-Shabab said it had killed more than 100 Kenyan soldiers in El Adde, a Somali camp near the border with Kenya.
The Kenyan military never gave details of casualties, but Kenya media reports suggested a toll of that magnitude.