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Kenyan troops kill Al-Shabaab in border raid

Friday, August 23, 2013

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Kenyan troops on Tuesday killed several Al-Shabaab militants near the border town of Hulugho in Garissa County.

County commissioner Harun Rashid said the militants were gunned down as they tried to cross the border into Somalia.

The Al-Shabaab attacked an Administration Police camp at Galmagala division last Friday evening, killing four officers.

Mr Rashid said the shootout between Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the militants, who were wearing uniform similar to that used by Somali troops, lasted more than four hours.

He said KDF and other security agencies had beefed up security along the border to avert terror attacks.


He did not state the number of Al-Shabaab militants killed. 

The commissioner said the security forces were also pursuing an Al-Shabaab splinter group spotted near the border town of Amuma on Liboi side.

Meanwhile, normalcy has returned to Galmagala after more security personnel were sent to the area.

Residents had urged the government to beef up security in the area.  

Speaking to journalists at Galmagala town, village elders Yare Ali and Aress Yarrow said it would be wise to recruit residents as Kenya Police Reservists since they are more familiar with the local terrain and they could easily track the milititants.

County executive committee member in charge of Energy, Salah Yakub, drought coordinator Mohamed Keinan and head of media and public relations Abdikadir Sugow visited the area to assess the situation.

Governor Nathif Jama Adam promised to closely work with the security agencies and where possible provide financial resources to avert Al-Shabaab attacks in the region.

“I will  closely work with the security which falls under the national docket and where possible provide material and financial resources in order to protect the lives of the ordinary citizens,” Mr Adam said.


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