KDF kills 34 militants, seizes Al-Shabaab leader

KDF soldiers on patrol in Afmadow, Somalia. On Saturday, March 19, 2016, KDF soldiers killed 21 Al-Shabaab militants in a shootout in Lower Juba Region in Somalia and recovered weapons. Two Kenyan soldiers also died in the shootout. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The soldiers were on their way to Afmadow when they engaged Al-Shabaab militants who had laid an ambush in the Lower Juba Region.
  • During the fierce engagement the overpowered Al-Shabaab militants resorted to the use of improvised explosive devices (IED), damaging one of the KDF vehicles.
  • On Wednesday last week, the KDF also killed 19 Al-Shabaab militants in Afmadow.
  • A US drone strike last week killed more than 150 Al-Shabaab militants at a training camp where a large scale attack was being planned.

Kenyan troops in Somalia have killed 34 Al-Shabaab militants, captured a middle-level commander and seized 27 AK47 rifles in two separate battles in the past two days.

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