Kenyan troops in Somalia have killed 31 al-Shabaab militants in a raid on their bases located in the southern Somalia region of Jubbaland, the Kenyan military said on Monday.
The East African nation has deployed thousands of its forces in Somalia with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to fight the Islamists militant group and help improve security in the country as part of a reconstruction drive after two decades of civil war that shattered the country.
“Ground troops were supported by attack helicopters and artillery fire,” the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) said in a statement about Sunday’s raid on al Shabaab bases in the Baadhade district of Jubbaland.
KDF also said that the forces nabbed an arms cache, including 11 AK-47 assault rifles, communications equipment and uniforms.
Kenya sent its troops into Somalia in 2011 following a series of attacks on its soil by al-Shabaab.
While the country’s opposition has criticized the continued deployment of forces into Somalia, the government insists that their presence there in vital for ending the terror attacks carried out by the al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group.