Monday, April 6, 2015

Kenya strikes Shabaab training camps in Somalia (Anadolu Agency)

Kenyan warplanes and tanks on Monday struck training camps of the Al-Shabaab militant group inside neighboring Somalia – an apparent response to last week's attack on a university campus in which 149 people were killed.

"The airstrikes have been hitting the village of Gandhodhawe and an Al-Shabaab camp outside the village," Sheikh Musse, a local government official, told The Anadolu Agency by phone.

"It [the bombardment] has been ongoing for an hour now," he said. "Villagers are fleeing."

The targeted Al-Shabaab camps are located close to the Kenyan border.

People on the Kenyan side of the border also confirmed the strikes.

They said the strikes were followed by artillery shelling.

"We have witnessed our tanks heading into Somalia," Moalim Saleh, a Mandera County government official, told AA.

"We can hear the bombardments not far from our town," he said.

The bombardment appears to come in retaliation for the killing of nearly 150 people last Thursday in an attack on Kenya's Garissa University.

Responsibility for the attack – Kenya's worst since 1998's U.S. embassy bombing – was claimed by Al-Shabaab.

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  1. Kenya says it destroys two al Shabaab camps in Somalia...

    (Reuters) - The Kenyan air force has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, it said on Monday, in the first major military response since the Islamist group massacred students at a Kenyan university last week.

    Al Shabaab denied the camps were hit, saying the air force bombs fell on farmland.

    Gunmen from the al Qaeda-aligned group killed 148 people on Thursday when they stormed the Garissa University College campus, some 200 km (120 miles) from the Somali border.

    Jets pounded the camps in the Gedo region on the other side of the frontier on Sunday, Kenya Defence Forces spokesman David Obonyo said. The mission was part of efforts to stop fighters from those camps carrying out cross-border raids into Kenya.

    "Our aerial images show that the camps were completely destroyed," he said, though cloud cover made it difficult to estimate the death toll............


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