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February 24, 2019

KDF kill 15 al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia, destroy two boats

Aerial photo of part of the KDF camp in Somalia. Photo/File
Aerial photo of part of the KDF camp in Somalia. Photo/File

Kenya Defence Force (KDF) troops on Sunday morning killed fifteen al Shabaab fighters and destroyed equipment during a raid on the insurgents base in Yantooy along Jubba river in Somalia.

According to KDF spokesman Colonel David Obonyo, the troops who are fighting under the AMISOM mandate destroyed the al Shabaab operations base which is about 10 kilometres away from Bulla Gadud.

The latest attack is part of the ongoing 'Operation Juba Corridor' and is in preparation of Amisom's impending attack and liberation of Jilib from the terrorist group which has been serving as their headquarters in Lower Shabelle.

"Today 25th October 2015 at 0500hrs KDF troops under Amisom operations attacked and destroyed the Al Shabaab operations base at Yantooy across river Jubba 10 kms from Bulla Gadud. During the operation, 15 al Shabaab terrorists were killed. Two boats they have been using to cross river Jubba were also destroyed. There was no casualty on KDF," Col Obonyo said.

Yantooy is a strategic town situated along River Jubba and has been al Shabaab's main base from where the insurgents have been crossing from Jilib into Lower Juba to carry out attacks.

The 5am incident comes three days after Kenyan security agents released pictures of five suspected al Shabaab suicide bombers who were said to be planning a major terrorist attack.

The five include a woman, who has been married to several al Shabaab members of Jeysh Ayman.

Jeysh Ayman is a Shabaab wing comprising mostly Kenyans reported to have returned to the country from Somalia, where they had gone for training.

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