THE Kenya Defence Forces Army Commander Lt Gen Leonard Ngondi over the weekend visited Kenyan troops serving under Amisom, in Kismayo, Somalia.
The Star - THE Kenya Defence Forces Army Commander Lt Gen Leonard Ngondi over the weekend visited Kenyan troops serving under Amisom, in Kismayo, Somalia.
Lt Gen Ngondi who recently took over KDF command made his maiden visit to Amisom Sector II headquarters in Kismayu where he was welcomed by Amisom KDF commanders. He was briefed by sector Commander Brigadier Daneil Bartonjo.
Lt Gen Ngondi also held talks with the interim Jubba administration President, Ahmed Mohamed Islam-Madobe on the region's security and the latest “Operation Jubba Corridor”.
He inspected Kenyan troop installations both at the new and old airports of Kismayo where he lauded the their efforts in fighting al Shabab and their recent victories including the capture of Bardhere town from insurgents.
The army boss said he recognises the important role the troops have played towards improving security in Somalia and the region.
Brig Bartonjo said the army commander was on a familiarisation tour.
“During the visit, he visited troops in various locations including the new and old airport in Kismayu. He was briefed on Amisom operations in sector two and sector Kismayo,” Brig Bartonjo said.
Lt Gen Ngondi congratulated KDF troops working under Amisom for capturing Kuday, Taraka and Bardhere regions from militants.
The visit comes after revelations that 250 al Shabaab fighters have been killed by Amisom troops backed by the Somalia National Army soldiers in Somalia in August alone during the “Operation Jubba Corridor,”.
“A total of 250 al Shabaab fighters have been killed by Amisom troops in Somalia under the six Amisom troop contributing countries. This has incapacitated the insurgent group’s ability to cause terror in Somalia and its neighbouring countries,” a senior Kenyan security official said.
Ten senior al Shabaab commanders have been killed in this month’s fighting in different sectors by Amisom troops.
Amisom has scaled up operations against the militia and has made significant gains throughout August.
There was fighting in Gedo region on Wednesday last week after al Shabaab militants ambushed an Amisom convoy.
The al Qaeda linked group has been targeting key government and security installations and individuals in the country in their attempt to overthrow the government in Mogadishu.
Al Shabaab controls parts of the rural south and has been launching regular attacks but beginning mid July, the group has suffered set backs as Amisom troops and SNA soldiers have regained most ground under the militants control.
Kenyan security agencies have in the recent days thwarted attempts by the group to carry out attacks in the country in the last few days especially in Garissa and at the Coast.