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Kenyan police kill three al-Shabab suspects near Kiunga border

LAMU (Xinhua) -- Kenyan security forces on Monday killed three suspected al-Shabab militants shortly after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated, injuring two police officers in Kiunga, Lamu town, near Kenya-Somalia border.

David Lusava, Lamu East deputy commissioner confirmed the incident in the coastal town of Lamu, saying the IED believed to have been planted by the militants was targeting security units on patrol in the area.

"I have received information of the IED attack somewhere in Kiunga towards the Somalia border but I don’t have the details.

"So I can’t even say how many have been injured or killed and whether they are terrorists or security officers," Lusava said.

"The area is under the multi-agency security operation Linda Boni, they are better placed with the details," he added.

A police officer in Kiunga confirmed that three militants were killed during the incident.

"My unit was among the first responders to the scene shortly after the RBPU (Rapid Border Patrol Unit) had been ambushed.

"We counted three bodies belonging to al-Shabab militants.

"They were dressed in jungle green military regalia and had around their necks, flags similar to those used by the militia group," said the officer who declined to be named.

He said they suspect the militants might have been around 30 owing to the number of footprints located inside the bushes where they hid.

"We can’t tell the exact number as they were obviously hiding so they can ambush these officers but we counted tens of different footprint patterns which suggested they were about 30 in number.

"Two officers were fatally wounded but have been flown out of Lamu for treatment," the police officer said.

The police believe that the militant group still remains the major threat in areas along the common border, noting that the targets include security personnel and establishments along the border as well as commuter vehicles plying routes along the border and coastal regions.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Somalia forces kill 15 al-Shabab militants after hotel attack

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least 15 al-Shabab militants were killed on Saturday in a military operation in Somalia’s southern regions barely a day after the terrorist group claimed more than 20 lives in a deadly attack.

Somali National Army (SNA) forces senior commander said Sunday the forces conducted an offensive against al-Shabab in Wanlaweyn town in Lower Shabelle region.

"Our forces advanced to take control of areas from al-Shabab extremists. We killed 15 of them and captured Yaq Buraweyne, Madah Marodi and Idow Jalad villages," SNA commander in charge of the 35th division Mohamed Abdullahi Arale said.

He added that the forces will proceed with the operations until they drive the militants out of the entire Lower Shabelle region.

Residents said they heard the sound of heavy gun fight between the militants and the army.

"A fierce battle broke out in Yaq Buraweyne village between government forces and al-Shabab militants, both sides fought for a while but government troops are now in the town and the militants withdrew from it," Jamal Ga’al , a local resident told Xinhua by phone.

Somali forces have stepped up operations on al-Shabab extremists in central and southern regions to flush the militants out of those regions.
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Kenya calls for joint counter-terrorism efforts after Somali attack

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Saturday called on the world to unite in the fight against global terrorism after Somali militant group al-Shabab killed 26 people, among them three Kenyans, in southern Somalia.

Monica Juma, foreign affairs cabinet secretary, also urged the international community to hasten the listing of al-Shabab as a terrorist organization under the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1267 to help deal with the al-Qaida allied terrorist group.

"Claimed by the Al Shabaab, this attack is another reminder to the international community of the imperative to list the Al Shabaab, like all other terrorist groups, under the UNSC resolution 1267, and strengthen collective resolve in countering terrorist actions and ideology," she said in a tweet.

"I convey my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the people that lost their lives to yesterday’s terrorist attack in Kismayo, Somalia," said Juma.

Jubbaland State president Ahmed Mohamed Madobe said 10 foreigners from Kenya, Canada, America and Tanzania were among those killed when an al-Shabab suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the popular Medina hotel in Kismayo town, before attackers forced their way inside the hotel.

Somali journalists’ association has confirmed that two journalists were among the dead.

Al-Shabab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s central government, has claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday.

             

 

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