KWALE (Xinhua) --
Kenyan security officers on Friday killed a
wanted al-Shabab suspect in the coastal town of Kwale.
Kwale county police commander Tom Odero said Mohamed Rashid
Mwatsumiro was shot dead in Ngombeni village following the
killing of two people three weeks ago in the region.
Mwatsumiro is a wanted gang leader and terror operative,
A glock pistol used in carrying out robberies within Likoni
was discovered from the suspect’s house, he said.
"Security officers raided the home of the suspect who fired
at the police officers leading to an exchange of fire," Odero
"During the ensuing shootout, one officer was injured and is
receiving treatment in hospital."
Police said Mwatsumiro’s gang has been behind insecurity
since 2016, including an attack on a police camp earlier in the
year and the beheading of a religious leader on Aug. 10.
The gang is also linked to the killing of a Kenyan navy
officer in Likono in August and various robberies at petrol
stations and mobile money transfer service outlets, also in
Eleven militants killed,
15 injured in southern Somalia region
MOGADISHU (Xinhua) --
Somali forces backed by a local militia group
known as Ma’awisley killed 11 al-Shabab extremists and injured
15 others in Jowhar town in Somalia’s southern region of Middle
Shabelle on Tuesday, military official said on Wednesday.
Salah Ya’qub, commander of Somali forces in charge of 27th
division told journalists that a fierce intense counter attack
flared up in Shimbirow village in Jowhar town after the
militants launched an attack on a base used by government-backed
local militia but they were overpowered and repelled.
"The allied forces managed to kill 11 militants and injured
"Our forces are now running the base," the officer said,
noting that the forces are now conducting operations in the town
pursuing the remnants of the militants who ran outside of the
Local inhabitants said there was a fierce fight in the town.
"Hooded men attacked the army’s base in the area and shortly
after we heard the sound of mortar shells," Jamila Elmi, a
resident told Xinhua by phone.
The latest counter offensive came barely two days after
government forces killed 20 militants injuring more than 30
others in another counter attack in Barire town in southern
region of Lower Shabelle.
Al-Shabab also claimed victory from Tuesday’s attack saying
its fighters briefly captured an army base in Shimbirow village
and seized weapons and ammunitions from the army.
Meanwhile, the government forces have rescued 20 civilians
who had been abducted by the militant group after an operation
carried out in southern port town of Kismayo.
Military officials said the rescue operation was carried out
in villages within the vicinity of Yontoy, north of Kismayo.
The al-Qaida militants have intensified their attacks on the
army bases in Middle and Lower Shabelle regions after they lost
many of their strong holds in those regions.
China sends new 33rd naval
fleet for Somalia escort mission
QINGDAO China (Xinhua) --
The 33rd fleet from the Chinese People’s
Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Thursday left the port city of
Qingdao in east China’s Shandong Province for the Gulf of Aden
to escort civilian ships.
The fleet is mainly composed of naval forces from the the
Northern Theater Command of the Chinese navy, including a
destroyer, a frigate and a supply ship.
It has more than 600 officers and soldiers, dozens of special
operation soldiers and two helicopters onboard.
The PLA Navy began to carry out escort missions in the Gulf
of Aden and the waters off Somalia in December 2008.
Over the past decade, the Chinese navy has dispatched 106
vessels and over 28,000 officers and soldiers to escort more
than 6,700 Chinese and foreign ships.