Kenyan troops repel Al-Shabaab assault in southern Somalia
KISMAYO, Somalia – Al-Shabaab militants suffered a big setback on Thursday after the Kenya Defense Forces [KDF] managed to repel an organized assault, which might have been relatively devastating in accordance with eyewitnesses.
Senior officers who spoke to the media confirmed that the KDF group answerable for Sector II succeeded in clearing the militants from the ahead working base of Hosingow. [FOB]which has typically been the goal of militants.
Reports point out that a number of militants had been injured throughout Thursday’s encounter within the area, which is beneath the administration of Jubaland. There is a big presence of KDF troops in Jubaland serving in AMISOM Sectors II and IV.
Milestone staged by KDF comes simply after Somali National Army [SNA] managed to kill no less than 10 Al-Shabaab militants along with injuring a number of others within the city of Jimame within the Lower Juba area, most elements of which had been liberated from militants a number of years in the past.
In his handle to the media earlier this week, SNA Deputy Infantry Commander Ismail Sheikh Isak mentioned on Wednesday that the operation to root out al-Shabaab militants will proceed in the world till that the terrorist group be pushed out of the area.
The Kenya Defense Force has practically 3,500 troopers within the AMISOM group who’re credited for the victory in opposition to Al-Shabaab in quite a few battlefields. The KDF group has been in Somalia since 2011 following the launch of Operation Linda Nchi.
Although successful battles in cities comparable to Kismayo and Dhobley, the KDF suffered surprising assaults in El-Adde and Kulbiyow within the Gedo area the place a whole lot of troopers had been killed in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The militants, nevertheless, had been largely neutralized.