|Written By:Margaret Kalekye/release, Posted: Thu, Oct 27, 2011|
Kenyan troops in Somalia have killed nine Al shabaab militants while several others escaped with injuries.
Two Kenyan soldiers were injured in the fire exchange with the Al shabaab militia in Tabda in Somalia.
This is Kenya’s first engagement with the militia force. The two, one in critical condition have been airlifted to Nairobi for treatment.
A statement from the Defense ministry said the Kenyan soldiers were moving from Tabda to Beles Qooqani to reinforce the forward positions when they came under attack.
” Today at 11.30, Kenyan troops came under attack. Al shabaab strength at the time is estimated at 45 militants ” said the statement.
Earlier in the morning, the troops carried out an air attack in Anole, the militants logistical and training camp locateg sector central.
The soldiers are now preparing to capture Burgavo, a key town for charcoal and fish business also controlled by Al Shabaab.
The Defense Ministry says the KDF strategy is to reduce the Al Shabaab effectiveness and to restore TFG authority to achieve enduring peace in Somalia.