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Kenyan soldiers kill 15 Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia operation

by Njoroge Kaburo NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan soldiers on Monday killed 15 Al-Shabaab terrorists and injured several others in an attack in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya.

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesman Joseph Owuoth said KDF soldiers operating under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) had identified an Al-Shabaab terrorist camp west of Catamaa, about 104 km from the border town of El-Wak, Gedo region.

"The KDF/AMISOM detachment from a nearby location engaged the terrorists using artillery and mortar fire and successfully destroyed the terrorist camp," Owuoth said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

He said KDF’s onslaught against the Somali militants would continue until all terrorists who have been waging daily attacks against the Somali government are eliminated.

The AMISOM forces have been active in the recent past after attacks on its bases in southern Somalia in 2016 and 2017 left several Kenyan soldiers dead and others injured.

Al-Shabaab, which has teamed up with al-Qaida, has vowed reprisal attacks in Kenya, mainly targeting security forces in border towns of northern Kenya, where dozens of people have been killed in landmine and grenade attacks blamed on the militant group.

The East African nation launched cross-border entry into Somalia in October 2011 in pursuit of the militants blamed for a series of grenade and landmine attacks in Nairobi, Mombasa and the northern region.


East African bloc vows to stabilize Somalia despite increased attacks

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- An African regional bloc on Monday condemned the Al-Shabaab terror attack on Sunday that killed 15 people in Somalia and vowed to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) pledged all-out efforts to bring lasting peace, stability and economic development in the country.

"IGAD condemns in the strongest terms possible the Al-Shabab terror attack of Sunday that killed innocent citizens and injured others in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia," it said in a statement.

"This atrocious terror attack which was targeting Somalia’s new military chief is a failure that once again showed Al-Shabaab terror group’s disrespect for human life and civilians’ protection," the bloc added.

IGAD said the terror group is bent on destroying every gain realized by "this long suffering nation that heroically overcame two decades of war and destruction."

The bloc regretted that the militants are still causing much harm despite being weeded out of most areas by the Somalia national forces and the AU forces, and even after being downgraded to the level of "roaming murderers."

The East Africa bloc that spearheaded efforts to establish the Somali government offered it condolences to the government and the people of Somalia.

Somalia’s new army chief Ahmed Mohamed Jimale Irfid survived the suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 15 people near his convoy in Mogadishu. Senior defense ministry officials had just passed the scene a few minutes ago.

The Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The insurgents have increased their attacks since Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared an all-out war with the group and gave the them 60 days to surrender.

Five soldiers killed in attack at Somalia military academy

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least five Somalia soldiers were killed and 15 others seriously injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a military academy west of Somalia’s restive capital, Mogadishu on Monday.

A military officer said the suicide bomber who was clad in Somalia military uniform sneaked inside the military training camp and detonated explosives from his vest, killing the soldiers who were near him in Mogadishu’s Wadajir district.

"The blast was so massive which was followed by loud gunfire. Some five government soldiers were killed while 15 others escaped with serious injuries," the military officer who did not want to be identified told Xinhua.

Al-Shabaab group which is engaging the Western-backed government in near daily attacks claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the military base.

The incident comes a day after new Somali army chief, General Ahmed Mohamed Jimale Irfid, survived a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 15 people near his convoy in Mogadishu.

The blast occurred minutes after the senior ministry of defence officials passed through the same road. The militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Several feared dead as Al-Shabaab attacks in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Several people are feared dead in separate attacks in the restive Somali capital of Mogadishu on Monday, the police said.

In the first incident, a government official was killed in a car bomb explosion in Hamar-jejab district in Benadir region in the outskirts of Mogadishu.

District Commissioner of Hamar-jejab, Ahmed Osman Dhore told reporters that the deceased was working for the Ministry of Education of Somalia.

"The car bomb killed Abdikadir Osman Farah who was working for the Ministry of Education.

"The security forces are at the scene and have started to find perpetrators who planted the bomb inside his car," Dhore said.

In the second incident, a suicide bomber clad in Somalia military uniform blew up himself inside a military training camp Wadahir district in Mogadishu.

A police officer told Xinhua that bomber who had disguised as Somalia army officer had forced his way inside the military camp and detonated his vest, killing an unknown number of people inside the camp.

The incident came a day after new Somali army chief, General Ahmed Mohamed Jimale Irfid, survived a suicide car bomb attack that killed at least 15 people near his convoy in Mogadishu.

The militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

A series of bomb attacks targeting government officials and African Union bases have increased since President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared an all-out war against the militants last week.

The president gave the insurgents 60 days to surrender ahead of a fresh offensive.

"The country is at war, this war is against Al-Shabaab.

"We give the fighters of this group 60 days to surrender to the government, and we will give them a good life," Mohamed told journalists in Mogadishu on April 6.

The president’s remarks came a day after the militants detonated a vehicle full of explosives at the Interior Ministry building, killing seven people and injuring dozens.


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