Somalia: 9 Kenyan soldiers killed in attack near Mandera – Al Shabaab
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali armed group al Shabaab says it has carried out an attack on Kenya’s armored personnel carrier near Mandera, a town close to Kenyan border along Somalia.
The group claims to have killed nine Kenyan defense soldiers after militants launched an ambush attack on Kenyan forces while heading to Elwak town in Gedo region of western Somalia.
The militant group also said its fighters destroyed 4 armored vehicles during the attack.
Kenyan military did not comment on the claims yet.
Kenya’s northeastern region has seen deadly attacks claimed by Al Shabaab. With most of those attacks left dozens dead.
In December 2015, Al Shabaab gunmen killed 28 people, mostly Christian teachers on a bus heading home to Mandera from Nairobi for the Christmas holiday.
In April of 2015, the group’s militants stormed into Kenya’s Garissa University, where its fighters killed 148 students — most of them Christian.
In 2013, fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked group attacked an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, killing more than 70 people. The siege on the mall lasted for four days.
The group also claimed the responsibility for a 19-hour siege on the affluent DusitD2 hotel on January 2019 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, which left 21 people dead, while another 28 wounded.