NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya’s military says it has killed 31 al-Shabab extremists in a raid in Baadhade district in southern Somalia.
The military said Monday ground troops were supported in the Sunday raid by helicopter gunships and artillery fire to strike two al-Shabab bases.
Kenya’s military is part of the African Union Mission in Somalia bolstering the government against an Insurgency by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab. More than 22,000 peacekeepers are deployed in Somalia in the multinational African Union force.
Al-Shabab are fighting to establish a strict Islamic emirate in Somalia. Despite being ousted from most of its key strongholds in south and central Somalia, al-Shabab continues to launch deadly guerrilla suicide bombings and guerrilla attacks against government targets and African Union forces across large parts of the Horn of Africa nation.