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21 Al-Shabaab fighters killed in KDF clash in Afmadow, Southern Somalia

Storyline:National News, Security

At least 21 Al-Shabaab militants were killed in a shootout with Kenya Defence Forces Saturday, KDF spokesman Col David Obonyo has said.

Obonyo noted KDF also lost two of its soldiers and five others were injured.

According to reports, the incident took place at approximately 5 pm between the towns of Qooqani and Afmadow towns.

The KDF soldiers convoy serving had been travelling to Afmadow town up from Qoqaani town at the time of the ambush, according to KDF spokesman Col David Obonyo.

Obonyo confirmesd the attack saying KDF soldiers engaged in gun battle with Al-Shabaab militants who had laid ambush in the Lower Jubba Region.

“Regrettably, KDF suffered two fatalities and five injuries,” Col Obonyo said.

Al-Shabaab claimed to have killed 12 KDF soldiers and captured two others in the ambush.

The incident comes barely four days after Kenya Defence Forces killed 19 Al-Shabaab fighters, who according to KDF spokesman Col David Obonyo, wanted to launch attack on military base of Somali National Army (SNA) in Afmadow.

Kenya deployed its troops to Somalia in October 2011 to respond to numerous Al-Shabaab infiltration into North Eastern during which security personnel were attacked.

Kenyan troops were assigned sector 2, which includes the sea port of Kismayo, which was Al-Shabaab’s headquarters and commercial capital before KDF troops landed there in an amphibious operation.

There are over 4,000 Kenyan troops in Somalia serving under AMISOM.