Kenyan KDF says over 30 al-Shabaab killed in Somalia

Kenya police officers gather as they are deployed to guard Sosian ranch following the killing of Tristan Voorspuy a British co–owner of the Sosian ranch in the drought-stricken Laikipia region, Kenya, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Kenyan forces killed 31 al-Shabaab terrorists in artillery and air strikes in southern Somalia on Monday, the military said.

Col. Joseph Owuoth, a spokesman for the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), said heavy artillery fire targeted two al-Shabaab bases in Badhadhe, Somalia’s southernmost district that lies on the Kenyan border.

Backed by ground troops and helicopter gunships, the attack destroyed the command and logistics bases as well as two armed pickup trucks.

An unknown number of alshabaab militants were injured, Owuoth said in a statement, adding that there were no Kenyan casualties.

“KDF soldiers operating under the African Union Mission in Somalia successfully conducted a raid and destruction on two al-Shabaab command and logistics bases in Badhadhe district in Jubaland, Somalia,” Owuoth said.

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The author is a senior freelance journalist based Somali capital Mogadishu