5 KDF soldiers killed in surprise attack by Al Shabaab

5 KDF soldiers killed in surprise attack by Al Shabaab
  • The Kenyan troops killed were part of the 7th battalion and the army’s engineering squad
  • Last week, fifteen Al Shabaab militants were killed Kenyan soldiers raided their camp in Catamaa, about 100 kilometres from the Kenyan border town of Elwak

Five Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers were on Sunday, April 17 killed in an attack carried out by Al Shabaab at Hosingow in southern Somalia.

The soldiers attached to the 7th battalion and the army’s engineering squad met their deaths after the armoured personal carrier vehicle they were travelling in hit a landmine planted by the terrorist group.

READ ALSO: KDF strike leaves 15 Shabaab militants dead

A handout photograph released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team shows soldiers of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) load onto a truck as part of a re-supply convoy at their Sector Headquarter in the town of Dhobley, Southern Somalia, 30 September 2012. (Photo: EPA/STUART PRICE/HO MANDATORY CREDIT: AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.)

The vehicle that was carrying military supplies to the KDF troops was destroyed by the explosion according to a statement from the Al Shabaab’s website.

The attack also killed 5 Somali national army soldiers as they moved from Hosingow to the KDF camp in Dhobley that was recently the host to a surprise visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta in March as he met Kenyan troops serving under the African union mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

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President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects a guard of honour at the KDF camp in Dhobley, Somalia on March 18 (Photo: PSCU)

There was no immediate response from the Department of Defence or AMISOM over the attack.

Last week, fifteen Al Shabaab militants were killed Kenyan soldiers raided their camp in Catamaa, about 100 kilometres from the Kenyan border town of Elwak.

 

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