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Somalia -Shabaab claims abduction of Kenyan troops

Gulf Today - The Somali extremist group Al Shabaab said on Sunday that it had captured some Kenyan soldiers during its attack Friday on a base of African Union.



MOGADISHU: The Somali extremist group Al Shabaab said on Sunday that it had captured some Kenyan soldiers during its attack Friday on a base of African Union (AU) peacekeepers in southwestern Somalia.

On Sunday, four wounded Kenyan soldiers were airlifted back home but Kenyan officials gave no death toll.

President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed on Friday that some soldiers had been killed in the attack, which involved suicide car bombs and gunmen.

Kenyan Defense Secretary Raychelle Omamo told reporters on Sunday that there is an ongoing search, rescue and recovery operation in the area where the attack happened.

“The operation area remains dangerous, volatile and fluid, and our soldiers still remain at risk,” she said, adding that information about casualties is being given directly to families.

“We embarked on a search, rescue and recovery operation as a priority,” military chief Samson Mwathethe confirmed to reporters on Sunday morning in the capital Nairobi. “Our troops are engaging the terrorists.”

In a statement on Sunday, Al Shabaab claimed the number of dead Kenyan troops had risen to 100. It was not possible to verify that figure.

“Mujahideen fighters stormed the Kenyan base in the early hours of Friday morning, killing more than 100 Kenyan invaders, seizing their weapons and military vehicles and even capturing Kenyan soldiers alive,” said the emailed statement.

militant websites in Somalia claimed that 12 Kenyan soldiers were captured.

“This audacious attack — the largest single attack against the Kenyan military inside Somalia — comes as a response to the aggressive Kenyan invasion of Muslim lands and the Kenyan military’s continued persecution of innocent Muslims, particularly in the northeast and the coastal regions,” the statement said.

Al Shabaab also claimed its fighters seized armaments and military vehicles in the attack in the town of El Ade near the Kenyan border.

Kenyan officials did not comment on the Shabaab claims saying they had to inform next of kin and “verify” information before making it public.

An official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry has expressed the kingdom’s condemnation of terrorist attacks that targeted the AU mission in Somalia, and a hotel in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.


Agencies