31 al Shabaab militants killed by Kenyan troops in Somalia

An AU contingent pauses during combat operations against Al-Shabaab
Ugandan soldiers, as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia, rest in the town of Kurtunwaarey in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia after having liberated it from Al Shabaab. Photo by AMISOM Public Information - Flickr. Licensed under CC0 via Commons.

The Kenyan military have revealed that their troops stationed in Somalia have killed 31 Islamist al Shabaab militants during a raid on two of their bases in the southern Somali region of Jubbaland.

Thousands of Kenyan forces are operational as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to help counter the threat posed by al Shabaab terrorists and improve security. The operation is part of a reconstruction drive following a civil war which has lasted two decades and shattered the country.

A statement released by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) about Sunday’s raid on the al Shabaab bases in the Baadhade district of Jubbaland read: “Ground troops were supported by attack helicopters and artillery fire.”

During the operations, Kenyan forces also captured arms, including 11 AK-47 assault rifles, communications equipment and uniforms.

Kenyan troops have been operation in Somalia sine 2011 after a series of attacks on Kenyan soil by the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab.