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Kenyan soldiers kill al-Shabaab commander in southern Somalia

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan soldiers who are part of the African Union in Mission (AMISOM) on Saturday killed Al-Shabaab commander Bashe Nure Hassan in a foiled attack at the Somalia army camp in southern Somalia.

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesman Colonel Joseph Owuoth said the militant group’s commander was killed when the terrorists launched an attack at the Somalia National Army (SNA) location adjacent to the AMISOM/KDF defences at Kuday, which is a key port town.

Owuoth said the AMISOM troops backed SNA allies using mortars and machine gunfire to scuttle the terrorists attack.

"Following the failed terrorist attack, two Al-Shabaab terrorists were neutralized and scores suspected injured. One of the terrorists killed was Al-Shabaab commander Bashe Nure Hassan," Owuoth said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Hassan is a Kuday resident who was born and raised in the area before joining the terrorist group several years back.

Owuoth said the Kenyan soldiers recovered three AK 47 weapons, 22 magazines, a satellite phone and 290 rounds of ammunition.

There was no casualty from the SNA or AMISOM/KDF troops.

"AMISOM/KDF soldiers remain vigilant and will continue to pursue the terrorists to ensure peace and security of our country, Kenya, as well as support SAMISOM operations to stabilize Somalia," Owuoth said.

Kenya has more than 4,000 troops in the 22,000-strong AU force in Somalia, helping the UN-backed government battle Al-Shabaab, which is part of the Al-Qaida allied terror network.


Kenyan soldiers kill 15 Al-Shabaab militants in Somali 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.



Somalia’s Puntland executes five Al-Shabaab militants

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland on Saturday executed five Al-Shabaab members by firing squad in Bosaso town.

Chairperson of Puntland Army court, Abditifah Haji Aden told journalists the five were behind several murders involving senior officials which have been carried out in Bosaso.

"The court conducted execution of five Al-Shabaab militant members here in Bosaso town this morning. All of them have been found guilty of killing senior Puntland officials in Bosaso early this year," Aden said.

He said that the appeal court sentenced two others to life imprisonment, noting that there are other Al-Shabaab suspects in prisons under Puntland State Administration.

The semi-autonomous region of Pntland has been battling Al-Shabaab as its military court sentenced individuals linked to terrorism tough punishments such as death penalty.

At least 10 killed in Mogadishu bomb blast: report

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people, including Somali soldiers, were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on Sunday near the Ministry of Defense in Mogadishu, reportedly targeting the new army chief.

Somalia’s state news agency SONNA reported that the suicide car bomb attack left at least 10 people dead and injured more others.

A security official, who refused his name to be used for media, told Xinhua by phone that 15 people, including three government soldiers, were killed and five others wounded.

"Students and other civilians on a minibus were mostly those died in the suicide car attack.

"The New Chief of Somali National Army, Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Jimale survived from the attack," he said.

"No one can identify the number of casualties, bodies of dead bodies into pieces and blood covered the area of the suicide car bomb attack, vehicles were also destroyed and burned," a journalist at the scene told Xinhua by phone.

Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the latest suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu.

The group said that it killed over 10 government soldiers in the attack.

This is the second car bomb attack in a week in Mogadishu.

The attack comes as the Somali President changed armed chiefs and declared state of war against Al-Shabaab.


Bomb blast kills 15 near military headquarters in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed Sunday in a bomb explosion near the defense headquarters in Mogadishu, reportedly targeting the new army chief.

Mohamed Dahir, a senior police officer at the scene, told Xhinua the explosion happened near the military headquarters, killing mostly civilians who were travelling in a mini bus.

"We can confirm the death of 15 people now. A vehicle loaded with explosives blew up near the military academy hitting a public service vehicle," said Dahir.


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