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Six dead in Kenya as troops battle Somali gunmen: army

Storyline:National News

One Kenyan soldier and five suspected Al-Shebab fighters were killed in a battle in Kenya’s coastal Lamu district on Wednesday, the army said.
Kenyan troops, part of the UN-backed African Union force in Somalia fighting Al-shabab, were travelling northwards close to the Somali border when they were attacked.
“A firefight ensued and five suspected Al-Shebab were killed,” army spokesman David Obonyo said in a statement, adding that one Kenyan soldier was killed and three others wounded.
“Some fighters escaped with multiple injuries, and immediately an operation was launched in pursuit.”
Kenyan troops entered southern Somalia in 2011 to fight the Shebab fighters, later joining the AU force.
The Shebab are fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government, but have also carried out a string of revenge attacks in neighbouring Kenya.
Kenya’s government has been under fire since Shebab gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi in September 2013, in which at least 67 people were killed.
In December the Shebab executed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers in a Kenyan border town, following an attack in November when they killed 28 passengers on board a bus.
Wedmesday’s attack took place on the mainland in Lamu country near Basuba, over 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Lamu island.