Ambush in Somalia, Kenya Defense Forces inflict losses on al-Shabaab extremists
الإثنين 07/يناير/2019 - 11:45 ص
Hassan Mohamed Aweis
Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) deployed as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were caught up in a small arms engagement in the southern town of Tabda on New Year’s Day. KDF troops killed seven al-Shabaab militants and wounded an unknown number of fighters in the exchange.
The KDF fared better this time than in the past, as they have suffered a number of heavy losses in the region. After the exchange, members of the KDF were able to recover nine AK-47 rifles, 10 magazines, two rocket-propelled grenade launchers and three grenades, all seized from the militants in the clash.
Although this seems to be a small unit attack, given what has been recovered, this is a positive for the KDF. It’s also a positive for the AMISOM mission in Somalia. The whole force has suffered terrible losses at the hands of al-Shabaab. In the latest onslaught, KDF said two soldiers sustained minor injuries during what was described as an intense gunfight on January 1 at about 11 a.m.
Confirming the exchange, KDF spokesman Col. Paul Njuguna said, “Kenyan soldiers will remain vigilant and will continue to relentlessly pursue terrorists to ensure the peace and security of Kenya, as well as support AMISOM operations in order to stabilize Somalia.”