Nairobi (RBC) Kenyan armed forces are reported to have crossed into Somali territory to fight AlShabab rebel group in a raid that killed at least 12 suspected militants, the BBC reports on its website Thursday, citing an official.
Kenya supports the Somali government and has helped train its forces, but this would be the first time Kenyan officers have crossed the border, the report says.
The militants were killed Sunday in the raid near the border town of Liboi.
A spokesman for Al Shabab fighters, Sheikh Abdiasis abu Mus’ab said the Kenyan military were fighting in Somalia’s border town of Dhobley after fierce battle between the transitional federal government of Somalia and AlShabab rebels.
The spokesman also blamed Kenyan forces they shelled civilian populated area near Dhobley and Dif district of the Somali border.
This becomes fist time that Kenya officials confirm their forces crossed into Somalia, a neighbouring country where the transitional federal government is battling against Al-Qaeda inspired group in the south and central part of the country.
Kenya supports the training of Somali forces but has never sent its troops inside the war-torn country. Ethiopia sent its troops to intervene Somalia late 2006 and ousted the Union of Islamic courts in the country.