KDF kills 140 al Shabaab at­tack­ers in So­ma­lia

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

More than 140 al Shabaab fight­ers were killed by KDF soldiers dur­ing a botched at­tack in So­ma­lia’s Af­mad­how area in Lower Jubba last week. The gun bat­tle lasted for three hours. Re­ports in­di­cate about 500 al Shabaab mil­i­tants in eight gun-mounted pick­ups and four lor­ries, at­tempted to over­run Juba­land Forces in Af­mad­how town. The at­tack­ers first tar­geted a po­lice sta­tion, but were re­pulsed by both Juba­land Forces and So­ma­lia Na­tional Army troops, be­fore the KDF Spe­cial Forces ar­rived. The soldiers de­stroyed two of the gun-mounted ve­hi­cles and killed many mil­i­tants. A small unit of KDF Spe­cial Forces sur­rounded the at­tack­ers and used por­ta­ble 60mm mor­tars and ma­chine guns to de­feat them. Al Shabaab were forced to with­draw and re­treat to­wards Mi­ido town with the KDF and the SNA in hot pur­suit. Ini­tial bat­tle as­sess­ment traced 140 bod­ies, but there were in­di­ca­tions other bod­ies had been dragged away by the mil­i­tants, who never leave be­hind their dead. This comes hardly a week af­ter the So­ma­lia Na­tional Army’s US-trained com­man­dos raided al Shabaab’s Anole vil­lage base in Lower Jubba and killed an un­known num­ber of fight­ers. The com­man­dos re­cov­ered as­sorted weapons, in­clud­ing two gun-mounted pick­ups, AK 47 ri­fles, IEDs and rocket-pro­pelled grenades. Mean­while, KDF fighter jets on Fri­day bombed al Shabaab’s Ali Hared base shortly af­ter the mil­i­tants staged an­other botched at­tack on the SNA bases about 20km from Ju­un­gal.

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