The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops have killed 21 Al-Shabaab militants in Hawina, Somalia, on Monday.
The dead include a junior-level commander Salad Bart, who is believed to have been in charge of the group.
KDF said in a statement that its troops were en-route to Tabda from Dobley, while approaching Hawina at 8.23am when a lone Al-Shabaab militant shot at them and fled the scene.
The troops then started patrolling the area before engaging the militants who had attempted an ambush along the road to Tabda, KDF spokesman Col David Obonyo said.
“The fire fight that ensued resulted in the killing of the 21 terrorists with no casualties on KDF,” Col Obonyo said.
About 17 AK-47 rifles, two rocket-propelled grenade launchers, five RPGs and assorted ammunition were recovered after the incident.
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