Kenyan army kills 15 al-Shabab rebels in Somalia raid

  • AP, Nairobi
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2015 19:01 IST
Newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercise in the Lafofe area near Mogadishu. (AP File Photo)

Kenya’s military says it has destroyed a base in Somalia operated by the Islamic extremist rebels of al-Shabab and killed 15 of its fighters.

Kenya has been hit several times by al-Shabab, which opposes Kenyan military involvement in Somalia.

Kenyan military spokesperson Col David Obonyo said in a statement on Sunday that Kenyan troops under the African Union mission in Somalia destroyed an al-Shabab base at Yantooy by Jubba River in southern Somalia in a dawn attack.

He said two boats the rebels have been using to cross the river were also destroyed. He added that Yantooy has been the main base used by rebels to cross the river from Jilib, an al-Shabab base in Lower Shabelle region, and infiltrate the Lower Jubba region near the border with Kenya.

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