Kenya Defence Forces Kill 26 Al shabaab in heavy gun battle


Kenya Defence Forces Rangers secure an area during a foot patrol on the outskirts of the controlled area of the old airport in Kismayu
WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTO:Somali based jihadists Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants attempted to ambush a Kenya Army Border Operations Special unit forward base.

The militants also staged an attack at the village of Haamey, a tiny frontier village 40 kilometres from the border with Somalia.

The militants torched 3 thatched huts.

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Army personnel from the forward base at Liboi were called in and effectively stopped the cross-border incursion.

Military Intelligence reports show at least 26 militants from the Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen group were killed by Kenya Army during the operations. Dozens others escaped with gun injuries.

The porous Kenya-Somalia border has factored increase in terrorism acts in the border regions of the republic of Kenya.

Kenya has commenced the construction of a wall that will separate the two countries and effectively neutralize the threat posed by militants.

The cross-border attack signals escalation of terrorists militant strategy. It further shows existence of elements of Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants mobile bases near the Somali border with Kenya.

Analysis shows that Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants may be trying to establish larger operating bases in areas 100 kilometres from the Kenyan border with the intent to conduct future  terror and militant attacks.

Story written by Strategic Intelligence News

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