MOGADISHU, Somalia – Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says its troops will remain in Somalia to continue fighting against Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
Kenyatta said Kenya would continue being part of the African Union mission known as ‘AMISOM’ in Somalia, until such a time when all the objectives will be achieved.
Kenya is among the six African countries that contribute troops to the Africa Union Mission in Somalia.
He said: “Kenyan forces remain steadfast in bringing peace in the region”.
President @UKenyatta has reiterated that Kenya will continue being part of the African Union Mission in Somalia, until such a time when all the objectives will be achieved. The President stated that the @kdfinfo remains steadfast in bringing peace in the region @amisomsomalia pic.twitter.com/9ApYCMuw8o
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) November 29, 2018
Kenya has suffered the most al-Shabab attacks.
Nairobi, which first sent troops to Somalia in 2011 after a series of attacks on Kenyan soil, perceives al-Shabab as a growing threat. The group has been blamed for more than 100 attacks inside Kenya since the deployment, including that on Garissa University in April 2015, in which 148 people died.
Although al-Shabab, which is affiliated with terrorist group al Qaeda, has lost territory to the AU troops, it continues to carry out deadly attacks in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere. It has been fighting for years in a bid to set up an Islamic state in Somalia based on its own harsh interpretation of the religion.