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Military step up search and recovery operation after Somalia raid

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) – Somalia’s Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed on Sunday to have killed 100 Kenyan soldiers serving under the AU mandate in the Horn of Africa nation following the Friday attack in the Gedo region.

The militants have said it views the presence of Kenyan troops in southern Somalia as an act of war and is now vowing an all-out war in Kenya, in protest against the military incursion ” against our brothers in Somalia”. The operation is “delicate” because some Kenyan soldiers have been captured and are being used as human shields, he said.

The victims caskets, draped in Kenyan national flags, were received late Monday at Nairobis Wilson Airport by defense and army officials who witnessed a military honor guard.“This is a very somber moment for the Kenya Defense Forces and I think for the country at large, ” Kenyan Defense Secretary Raychelle Omamo told reporters at the airport.

Somali troops and Kenyan soldiers with the AU force, AMISOM, are deployed at the isolated base.

A middle-aged man was Tuesday afternoon arraigned before a Kiambu court and charged with posting pictures of fallen Kenya Defence Forces soldiers who were killed by Al Shabaab militants at the El Adde camp in Somalia on Friday.

Kenya has so far declined to say how many of its soldiers are dead, injured or missing but on Sunday a Shebab statement said that more than 100 Kenyan soldiers were killed and others captured. It was not possible to verify that figure.

Al-Shabab, which is aligned with al Qaeda, attacked the remote army compound in southwest Somalia early Friday after a suicide bomber rammed its gates.

Al-Shabab, which opposes Kenya’s military involvement in Somalia and describes the Kenyans as invaders, has carried out many deadly attacks inside Kenyan territory.

The group has been slowly pushed out of most of Somalia’s major cities, but continues to launch guerilla attacks within the country. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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